Guendouzi had ‘bust-up’ with Arsenal boss Arteta on Dubai retreat and ‘ignored David Luiz’s pleas to act professional’


MATTEO GUENDOUZI clashed with Mikel Arteta in his Dubai meltdown and has ignored David Luiz’s pleas to be more professional, according to reports.

The Arsenal midfielder, 21, is currently frozen out at Arsenal following his antics at Brighton on June 20.

He was involved in a bust up with members of the Gunners staff during their mid-season training camp in the Middle East.

His first misdemeanour in Dubai involved getting into a scrap with a team-mate, thought to be Sokratis.

And according to France Football, Arteta came down harder on Guendouzi than Sokratis which the young Frenchman took exception to.

The tensions continued to bubble away back at the team hotel with the midfielder and manager involved in a shouting match.

Just days later, Guendouzi was given a dressing down by technical director Edu for going topless during some down time.

He was subsequently dropped for the 4-0 win over Newcastle but worked his way back into the side.

However, the report adds experienced – albeit sometimes calamitous – defender David Luiz had some stern words with him.

The Brazilian is understood to have begged his young team-mate to sort his attitude out, grow up and act more professionally.

But it appears the advice fell on deaf ears, with Guendouzi continuing to cause unrest within the camp.

And his antics at the Amex may prove to be the final straw.

Guendouzi allowed his temper to boil over on the south coast, at one point even grabbing French compatriot Maupay by the throat after claims he was bragging about his wages during the match.

Following the match, the midfielder was called into a meeting with Arteta and Gunners sporting director Edu, in which he “didn’t impress”.

It is claimed that Arteta has found his player’s response since to be unsatisfactory, with Guendouzi not having shown the “initiative” to apologise or try to improve his standards.

Since then, the ex-Lorient man, signed by Unai Emery in 2018, has been forced to train alone with a fitness coach.

And there are even suggestions Guendouzi’s Arsenal career could be over.

With Arteta still seemingly seething with him, the Gunners could cash in this summer.

The likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are believed to be interested in the France Under-21 international.

But another destination could be Atletico Madrid, with Gunners target Thomas Partey going in the other direction.


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