Matteo Guendouzi is set to leave Arsenal on a permanent basis after an obviously fruitful spell with Olympique Marseille in 2021/22. As revealed by a number of sources, the Gunners should receive around over €11 million (£9.3m) for the player whose contract would otherwise run until the summer of 2023.
Guendouzi appeared as a player with a lot of potential upon his arrival to the Emirates in 2018 as part of the announced revolution under Unai Emery. But as Emery’s time in the Arsenal dugout came to an end and Mikel Arteta returned to take charge, the French midfielder’s issues with discipline began and his progress was severely hampered. He gave the manager and his staff problems at a winter camp in Dubai, before unnecessarily taunting Neal Maupay and grabbing the Brighton and Hove Albion forward by the throat after a painful defeat at the hands of the Seagulls. The subsequent talks with Arteta and technical director Edu brought no desired results, and he was banished from the team forthwith.
With his Arsenal future obviously gone beyond recall, it’s definitely good news that the chapter will be closed both for the player and the club, and that the club will actually be able to get more than the €8m (just over £7m) they paid Lorient to sign him four years ago. Still only 23, there is plenty of time for Guendouzi to mature and put his temper-caused problems behind him.
Meanwhile, the future of Lucas Torreira remains up in the air at the moment. It doesn’t seem as if Arteta has a place for the Uruguayan midfielder in his plans either, but Fiorentina, who had him on loan last season and are reportedly keen on making the deal permanent this summer, are yet to meet Arsenal’s demands over the transfer fee.
The 26-year-old is also contracted to Arsenal until the end of next season.