Matteo Guendouzi criticises Mikel Arteta over reason for Arsenal departure


Matteo Guendouzi criticises Mikel Arteta over reason for Arsenal departure

Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi has openly criticised Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for the nature of his loan move away from the Emirates Stadium last summer.


The feisty midfielder was criticised very heavily by Arteta last month due to his lack of professionalism.


Guendouzi's last game for Arsenal came during the London club's clash with Brighton, particularly with their star striker Neal Maupay, grabbing his fellow countryman's neck after the final whistle.


Right before deadline day, Guendouzi was moved on to Hertha Berlin on loan, yet he blames his demise and transfer on the fact that he barely played for Arteta when compared with the Spaniard's predecessor, Unai Emery.


Speaking with Telefoot, Guendouzi said "I needed to have fun on the pitch, to regain confidence and that's what Hertha offers me. It really is a choice I made."


"In the space of two seasons I have played more than 80 games with Arsenal."


He added that "When you play less, you start to think and it hurts."


When speaking after leading France's Under 21s to a 5-0 win over Liechtenstein as captain last month, Guendouzi claimed that his time at Arsenal has not ended.


"It is not that, I just really needed to play this year, a new challenge," he said.


"That was the most important thing for me. I am still young, I am only 21, so playing time was the top priority for me."


"So Hertha Berlin, I know that I will be able to express myself in a magnificent league", also adding that "They are a very good club with big ambitions. So, I have left to go on loan there for a year, so I will give everything I can for this club."


He concluded by saying that he needed playing time, and that he "needed to enjoy myself [Guendouzi] on the pitch".