Matteo Guendouzi’s fall from grace at Arsenal could possibly be thought-about a warning for any up-and-coming footballers, demonstrating precisely what NOT to do with the soccer world at your toes.
And the 21-year-old’s fall is much more alarming when you think about he was tipped as a future Gunners captain not all that way back, and now he’s coaching on his personal.
Becoming a member of the membership in July 2018 from French second division aspect Lorient, not a lot was anticipated of the teenager when he arrived in north London, regardless of his £7million switch free – comparatively excessive for a nearly unknown participant.
However he impressed followers together with his bustling performances in midfield, exhibiting the form of grit, willpower and sheer power the Gunners had been missing in the course of the park underneath Unai Emery.
It didn’t take lengthy for Arsenal supporters to take the younger Frenchman underneath their wing, and he additional cemented his fan-favourite standing when he celebrated with Gooners after their north London derby victory again in December 2018.
Guendouzi was filmed shaking arms, bumping fists and hugging supporters from the wound-down window of automobile as he left the Emirates Stadium following Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Tottenham.
Then, as his motor sped away, he leaned out of the window from the again seat to cheers wildly and pump his fist, prompting extra celebrations from jubilant Gooners.
The clip hasn’t aged nicely.
Whereas it endeared him with Arsenal followers on the time, when the video was reposted on Twitter this week many have commented that it was an early signal of his lack of modesty.
Simply 18 months later, the participant is frozen out of the primary workforce and, if stories are to be believed, on the verge of leaving the membership, with Arteta sad together with his poor perspective behind the scenes.
Guendouzi had been tipped for an enormous future in an Arsenal shirt.
When Granit Xhaka was combating the burden of the captain’s armband, the teenager was remarkably mentioned within the media as one of many contenders to interchange him.
At his age, it appeared excessive, however there was little doubt on the time that the midfielder was heading that means. Membership legend Ian Wright clearly rated him – he wasn’t alone, in fact – calling on followers to ‘defend him in any respect prices’ solely in September 2019 after his very good show in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Spurs.
However Guendouzi’s fortunes have modified underneath Arteta.
He has began simply 4 Premier League video games for the reason that Spaniard was appointed supervisor, and has missed their final 4 video games as punishment following his behaviour within the Gunners’ defeat towards Brighton final month.
Arteta was fuming with the hot-headed Frenchman after their shock 2-1 loss on the south coast was additional marred when he grabbed Seagulls match-winner Neal Maupay by the neck after the ultimate whistle.
It was later claimed Guendouzi had spent the sport bragging to Brighton gamers about his wages, which led to an enormous backlash towards the Gunners man.
Former Arsenal star Perry Groves wasn’t shocked and stated Guendouzi’s obvious perspective issues had been nothing new, telling talkSPORT he had ‘heard a couple of issues that haven’t been nice’ in regards to the teenager.
In the meantime, Invincibles legend Martin Keown has urged the ‘big-headed’ Frenchman to be taught some modesty from fellow starlets Bukayo Sako and Gabriel Martinelli, who each spoke of their honour to play for the membership as they signed new long-term contracts with the membership over the previous week.
Regardless of the stories the Gunners might offload Guendouzi in the summertime switch window, talkSPORT understands the ‘door is open’ for the midfielder’s return to the first-term after his spell in exile.
And he might do with listening to Keown’s recommendation if he desires to get his Gunners profession again on monitor.