Matteo Guendouzi has said his move away from Arsenal was due to his desire to maximise his playing time, the midfielder having been frozen out under Mikel Arteta.
The Frenchman has failed to feature for Arsenal since an incident against Brighton back in June, the youngster grabbing Seagulls’ striker Neil Maupay by the throat and allegedly taunted the opposition players about their inferior wages.
It is understood that Arteta and the club’s hierarchy were far from impressed by the midfielder’s attitude and he has been outcast by the club since, with the 21-year-old completing a deadline day move to Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.
— Matteo Guendouzi (@MatteoGuendouzi) October 5, 2020
It is thought that Guendouzi’s future is likely to be away from the Emirates regardless of the success of his loan spell, and when asked if a future at Arsenal was impossible while on international duty with the France U21 side, he replied: “It is not that, I just really needed to play this year, a new challenge.
“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.
“I know that by going to Hertha Berlin, I’ll be able to really express myself in a great league, so everything is perfect.
“They’re a very good German club, with great ambition, so I’ve gone on loan for a year over there.
“I’m going to give everything for this club. I needed game time, to enjoy myself on the pitch and that’s what I’m going to do this year.”