Matteo Guendouzi eager to fight for Arsenal future
Matteo Guendouzi has hinted towards a return to Arsenal despite struggling to impress Mikel Arteta at North London, but he is keen to fight for a place after his Hertha Berlin loan.
Speaking with France Football, Guendouzi has stated that he will try to fight his way into Arteta's plans at Arsenal, once his loan spell at Hertha Berlin ends.
"I am focused on my season with Hertha Berlin," Guendouzi claimed, with the 21-year-old making 19 Bundesliga appearances so far this season.
"Next, we will sit down with my entourage and people at the club to discuss the future. This summer will be a decisive moment. I belong to Arsenal for another year."
"From the moment that I am playing for Arsenal, I will give everything for the club, fans, team, and staff."
Guendouzi has one year remaining on his contract at Arsenal, after signing for Arsenal from Lorient in 2018 for €8 million.
Apart from this, Guendouzi also played down rumours claiming that he is a "bad boy" and a nuisance in the dressing room.
"I’m not a bad boy, quite the contrary," he said. "If you want to succeed, you have to have a very good character, but also this personality to always want to be the best, always to want to win, to progress. It will differentiate you."
He added that "There are a lot of very good players. Excellent people have failed to turn pro and, for these cases, the mentality has a very large part of the responsibility. My character and my personality have allowed me to do great things. It will still help me to go to the highest level."
Guendouzi joined Hertha Berlin on loan in the summer transfer window, and whilst he struggled to get into the side at first, he quickly established himself as one of their key players in midfield.
However, Hertha Berlin are finding it difficult to maintain some sort of form and consistency, leading to them languishing in 16th, in the relegation play-off place.