Arsenal’s transfer decision could be tarnished by Matteo Guendouzi’s success.
Matteo Guendouzi has been a standout performer since joining Ligue 1 this summer.
Mikel Arteta’s decision to allow Matteo Guendouzi move on loan this summer has been brought into question following his senior France call-up. The midfielder has made an impression since joining Marseille, while Arsenal are languishing at the bottom of the table after three dreadful losses in the run-up to the international break.
Guendouzi has finally been called up to the France senior team after injuries to N’Golo Kante and Corentin Tolisso freed up space in the squad.
Since joining Marseille on loan, the 22-year-old has already scored one goal and provided an assist for a club that has had an exciting start to the season.
That is surely more than Arsenal can say following three humiliating losses in which they have failed to score a single goal.
Guendouzi joined Arsenal in 2018 as a bright-eyed youth from Lorient for a cheap £8 million.
Chelsea has been penalised by the FA for failing to maintain control of their players during a tense Liverpool match.
Such a low transfer fee was made to look even better value when he was thrust into the first squad at such a young age, despite gaining a reputation as a problem player over time.
That was ultimately the deciding factor in Hertha Berlin’s decision not to sign him on a permanent basis during his loan term last season, with manager Pal Dardai describing him as “rebellious.”
However, while his performances speak for themselves, the Gunners are now relying on unproven midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.
The Belgian has talent, but it’s a lot to ask of a Premier League newcomer, especially with Granit Xhaka due to serve a suspension following his reckless challenge against Manchester City.
Guendouzi is a year older than Sambi Lokonga and has played two full seasons in the Premier League.
Arteta’s all-round style and sheer bravery in getting on the ball may have been a huge plus for the Frenchman, whose decision-making is already being scrutinized.
With Thomas Partey also out to start the season due to injury, Arsenal’s manager may soon be faced with a centre-midfield problem.
It’s far from ideal for the north Londoners, who have conceded nine goals in their first three games, dropping them to the bottom of the table.
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