Matteo Guendouzi has ‘trained alone for two weeks’ since Brighton loss with Arsenal keen to sell midfielder


ARSENAL badboy Matteo Guendouzi has been made to train alone for the last two weeks, according to reports.

The fiery 21-year-old was involved in a scuffle with Neal Maupay following the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Brighton on June 20.

He has subsequently failed to even make a matchday squad as Arsenal have won their four matches since.

And according to The Athletic, the Frenchman has been training alone with a fitness coach, on instruction from boss Mikel Arteta.

Guendouzi allowed his temper to boil over on the south coast, at one point even grabbing French compatriot Maupay by the throat.

But Arteta’s decision is believed to be based on more than just one incident.

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

He had already found himself in hot water this season, being dropped for February’s 4-0 win over Newcastle because of his behaviour on a mid-season training camp in Dubai.

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.

The rift has gotten so deep, that the Gunners are considering cutting ties with their talented, if volatile, schemer this summer.

Guendouzi could even be used in a swap deal, with Arsenal chiefs to meet with the players’ representatives in the coming days.

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 rumoured Gunners target Thomas Partey going in the other direction.

Arsenal knew the sort of fiery character that they were getting when they brought Guendouzi to North London in 2018.

The then-teenager had been banished from former club FC Lorient’s first-team for three months following a dressing room row.

Club bosses had hoped that careful management would do the trick to keep his temperament on the right side of the line, but it appears that patience has since run out.


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