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.
Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil did a Q&A session on Twitter on Wednesday, and he said a few interesting things.
Among other things, the German was asked to name the most underrated player he had ever played alongside with, and not only did he name Matteo Guendouzi, he also tagged the young midfielder in his reply.
“I’m sure he will be a big football player one day”, said Ozil.
The Mirror have interpreted this statement as a suggestion that manager Mikel Arteta made a mistake with the way he handled Guendouzi’s well-documented disciplinary issues, though quite frankly, it doesn’t seem that way. Guendouzi’s talent and football quality was never questioned, by Arteta or anyone whose opinion would be relevant. He was frozen out for disciplinary reasons alone.
The situation surrounding Matteo Guendouzi seems to have died away from the public eye in recent months, and that’s probably a good thing with Arsenal needing to focus on regaining momentum when the Premier League returns from the international break.
The dust has settled and the summer transfer window has closed once again following another hectic Deadline Day. While all of the fun and speculation will continue throughout the next few months, clubs around the Premier League now know what squad they’re going to be dealing with heading into the remainder of 2020 and beyond.
Arsenal are busy as they always tend to be on the final day with a trio of notable deals, both in and out, making the headlines. Mikel Arteta knew that he had to make some kind of statement in order to try and steady the ship at the Emirates, and in some ways, he did just that.
Lucas Torreira is now very close to completing a loan move to Atletico Madrid, according to The Athletic. It has also been confirmed by Goal.com Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts. The Uruguay international will join Diego Simeone’s team for the remainder of the 2020/21 season, with Atletico having the option to make the deal permanent at the end of that period.
The deal hasn’t been agreed in every detail yet, nor has Torreira’s medical been scheduled, but the parties involved in the talks are close to reaching the agreement.
Arsenal have apparently been given a double blow in their effort to strengthen the midfield section. The two players they’ve recently been linked the most in that aspect are Houssem Aouar of Olympique Lyon and Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid.
According to The Telegraph, Aouar and his representatives have been contacted by an unnamed Champions League club, and that puts a rather obvious obstacle in the Gunners’ path to bring him to the Emirates. One of those clubs could potentially be Bayern Munich, who lost the services of Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool a few days ago. It has also been claimed that Serie A champions Juventus have been monitoring the 22-year-old for a while with a view of taking him to Turin.
Arsenal, as the FA Cup winners, are set to face Premier League champions Liverpool in the Community Shield on Saturday, and head coach Mikel Arteta spoke to the press ahead of the match, providing some updates on the likes of Willian, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and others.
First of all, the boss was asked about Willian adapting to new surroundings. The Brazilian winger will certainly need some time to absorb all the new stuff around him, but he undoubtedly possesses the right qualities to make it as an Arsenal player and help the team going forward. The coach is obviously impressed with the attitude of the 32-year-old, who, having won a lot in his career, is still hungry for more.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to sign a new contract with Arsenal, according to multiple sources.
Aubameyang’s future was pretty much up in the air for a long time. His current deal expires in 2021, which means it has entered its final 12 months. The club have been keen to keep him for years to come, but they were reportedly willing to contemplate a sale if he doesn’t renew his commitment in order to avoid losing him for free. It has also been reported that the Gabonese forward wanted assurances on the club’s ambitions to compete for major honors before he makes his decision.
Arsenal are in talks with Barcelona over a potential swap deal involving Matteo Guendouzi and Philippe Coutinho, according to Miguel Delaney of the Independent.
The story that the Gunners were interested in making this deal came from Catalan outlet Sport a few days ago, while reports elsewhere claimed that they had an offer of €25 million plus Guendouzi for the services of Thomas Partey rejected by Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal have reportedly had two offers for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey rejected, according to The Guardian.
Partey has recently become a very important player for Diego Simeone’s team. Primarily a defence-minded midfielder, he has made a total of 46 appearances this season so far, with their Champions League campaign still to have its conclusion after they knocked out Premier League title winners Liverpool in the round of 16. The 27-year-old powerhouse played a big part in that feat. He also managed to get on the scoresheet four times.