Manchester United in contention to sign Matteo Guendouzi after midfielder’s fallout with Arteta.
Matteo Guendouzi has had a couple of tough weeks as there are increasing reports that the midfielder will not be an Arsenal player next season. The rumors have caught fire since Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Brighton. The French midfielder got involved in an ill-tempered altercation with Brighton’s Neal Maupay in their 2-1 loss.
Matteo confronted Maupay when the striker unnecessarily collided with Arsenal’s keeper Leno, which resulted in the keeper being stretchered off. Arsenal players were furious when the referee didn’t punish Maupay. Maupay scored the winner in the injury time after which a brawl started between him and Guendozi. Matteo held Maupay by his throat and even provoked the Brighton striker over his salary.
Though the FA pressed no charges against Guendouzi, Arteta didn’t let go of the incident. The Arsenal manager axed Guendouzi from the squad to face Southampton on Thursday. Arteta was reportedly angry about Guendouzi provoking the Brighton player over the salaries. Moreover, he is also unhappy over the young midfielder’s careless behavior in Arsenal’s training. The Frenchman was spotted “dancing” unnecessarily during Arsenal’s training session last weak.
Guendouzi’s such behavior and lack of maturity are intolerable thinks Mikel Arteta and has decided to let go of the midfielder. Matteo is also ready to leave the Gunners as he thinks Arteta does not trust him to perform.
Arsenal Rivals Manchester United Interested In Signing Matteo Guendouzi
Since the news has broken that Guendouzi will be available in the market this summer, many clubs have come calling. Arsenal’s eternal rivals Manchester United have now shown their interest in signing the midfielder. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks the young midfielder can strengthen their midfield defensively.
Arsenal is also ready to hear any offers for Guendouzi, as the club has also made it clear that they have no problem with offloading the midfielder. This is evident as Arteta has started Matteo only 7 times since his appointment. It was the second time Arteta left him out of the matchday squad, against Southampton. But Arsenal won’t let their young prospect leave for a fee below £36 million. Matteo can bolster United already packed midfield of Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. The 21-year-old is a brilliant player at transition play and can settle well in the current United team.
Other Teams Inquiring Too And What Arteta Has To Say On Situation
French outlet L’Equipe (via the Daily Mail) also report that many of Europe’s elite teams are also inquiring about Guendouzi. Those interested other than United are Italy’s Inter Milan, France’s PSG and also Catalan giants Barcelona. An offer from PSG also excites the midfielder who will get a chance to return to his native country.
When asked about whether Guendouzi will continue next season at Arsenal, Arteta said:
“As I said, whatever internal (issues) we have, we will deal with them privately. I am never going to make (any of that) public. All the players that are here, I am counting on them. If they want to stay, (they) are more than welcome.“
Arsenal faces Sheffield United in the 5th round of the FA Cup on Sunday. To a surprise, Arteta has included Guendouzi in his matchday squad. L’Equipe also reports that Guendouzi has asked for a transfer in the team’s disciplinary meeting. But it is for sure that there is no shortage of interested parties in the 21-year-old.