MATTEO GUENDOUZI’S ex-boss believes the Arsenal bad boy’s “attitude” could damage morale within their squad and ruin his career.
With the Gunners freezing out the French midfielder since he taunted Brighton players over pay two weeks ago, former Lorient manager Bernard Casoni reveals he had a poor relationship with Guendouzi – who “talks too much” but doesn’t always listen.
Guendouzi has reportedly been training alone since June 20 despite peace talks with Arsenal chief Mikel Arteta.
The 21-year-old lost his cool following a 2-1 loss at the Amex Stadium, clashing with the home side’s stoppage-time goal hero Neal Maupay.
After boasting (wrongly) that he earned more than Maupay, Guendouzi grabbed his fellow countryman by the throat.
And Casoni seems to suggest Arsenal will face ongoing problems unless Guendouzi tames his wild streak.
He said: “Guendouzi’s problem is not physical and is not technical. It’s his attitude.
“It’s not good for the team or the coach. My relationship with him wasn’t very good.”
Frenchman Casoni, now in charge of Algerians MC Alger, gave a clear example of how Guendouzi’s behaviour undermined the whole team during a Lorient match.
The 58-year-old said: “I picked him for a cup game against Nice but he got booked early on.
“The ref told me at half time to warn Guendouzi, ‘one more foul and you’re off’. But in the second half nothing changed.
“I was left with no choice but to sub him off. When I did, he refused to shake my hand.”
But Casoni added: “He took his job seriously, his training was no problem, and his character is to always want to win.
“Sometimes when he talks it’s good. But sometimes he talks badly. He talks too much.
“His talent isn’t in question…. He can be a top, top player and I think he can still succeed abroad.
“It’s up to him to change his attitude.”