Matteo Guendouzi wanted in permanent transfer by Hertha Berlin after being axed by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and sent out on loan December 19, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Arsenal may have to make an early decision on the future of Matteo Guendouzi as Hertha Berlin eye the permanent signing of the on-loan midfielder.
Guendouzi was sent to Hertha after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta last season, and the 21-year-old has quickly emerged as a key player for the Bundesliga club.
He’s made seven appearances – scoring one goal – and Hertha are averaging 1.5 points per game with Guendouzi compared to just 0.6PPG without him.
“He is very, very valuable to us,” said Hertha boss Bruno Labbadia. “We are happy that we were able to sign him.
“He’s a very, very good footballer, who has a good sense of space and is technically very strong.
“Even though he’s young, he gives instructions. He is not at all interested in whether he speaks the language.”
With Hertha suitably impressed with their loan signing, a report in Der Tagesspiegel claims the Bundesliga outfit will try to sign Guendouzi on a permanent deal in January.
With his contract expiring in 2022, Arsenal may be forced to listen to offers for the France youth international next month, or risk losing him on a free at the end of next season.
Earlier this week, Arsenal boss Arteta was criticised for his treatment of Guendouzi by Trevor Sinclair – who also hit out at the head coach’s man management skills.
“Everyone talks about how he’s a great coach, but that’s not what makes a manager,” said former England winger Sinclair on talkSPORT.
“It’s your man management skills. You look at Guendouzi scoring over the weekend, and you look at Ozil, he is not contributing to that side.
“So for me, if you’re looking at man management, which is management, he’s not doing that well.
“He might be a great coach, but he’s not managing the players well and he’s not getting the best out of individuals in that squad.”