Matteo Guendouzi caused a fair amount of trouble at Arsenal last season, which is probably what led manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu to remove him from their plans for a while and send him out on loan. In all fairness, the club would probably have sold him last summer, had there been any suitable offers for his services, but be that as it may, he left to join Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.
Since then, the 21-year-old midfielder has gone on to make 17 Bundesliga appearances for the club from the German capital, even though he missed the first two matches after the move due to testing positive for coronavirus, and 14 of those have been starts. It could be said that his loan at Hertha has gone well so far, but it seems hints of old problems are appearing on the horizon.
Hertha head coach Pal Dardai recently spoke about Guendouzi to German publication Bild and said that the young Frenchman is currently going through ‘football puberty’ and has a ‘rebellious streak’.
Guendouzi was at fault for the second goal his team conceded in the 3-0 defeat to RB Leipzig on Sunday, just three minutes after coming on as a substitute.
“In training, I always stop these kind of duels because you can’t fall to the ground like this. And, afterwards, he’s mad,” Dardai said about the situation. He then went on to explain that Guendouzi is still far off the level of maturity required for a professional top-level player.
It seems Guendouzi still hasn’t managed to cool his head and still behaves in a way which can hardly make anyone around him happy, be it the coach or his teammates. The clock is ticking and his return to the Emirates is drawing near, but if his attitude doesn’t change radically, it will likely be a very short return.