'He won't play for Arsenal again' - Exclusive: Campbell on £30m-valued star after bust-up
Matteo Guendouzi will not be at Arsenal beyond this season as he is incapable of toeing the line under Mikel Arteta after a series of bust-ups.
That is according to ex-Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the fiery French midfielder.
Guendouzi was frozen out of the senior set-up and training away from the Arsenal first team before the club agreed last month to loan him out to Hertha Berlin for the season.
The Gunners value the central midfielder at around £30million, an Arsenal source has told Football Insider, but loaned him after struggling to find a club willing to meet their asking price.
Arteta decided months ago to let the 11-times France Under-21 international go.
Guendouzi was embroiled in a scuffle with Neal Maupay following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton on June 20 and was involved in other controversies behind the scenes.
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Asked by Football Insider if the Frenchman will leave the Londoners for good next summer, Campbell said:
“I do not think he will play for Arsenal again. He doesn’t have a future at Arsenal. Mikel Arteta put him in detention after the Brighton game last season, that is what it was – detention.
“A manager like Arteta wants to see that you can toe the line, take your punishment, keep your trap shut and get working. Guendouzi could not do it.
“He was given a clean slate at the start of the season, like Mezut Ozil, but they did not toe the line.
“Arteta is strong enough to exclude players he cannot trust. When a manager cannot trust you he is not going to back you.
“The good thing is they got him out on loan because you cannot afford to havie ill-disciplined players like that in and around the club. The right thing was to get him out on loan.”
Guendouzi has made 82 appearances for the Premier League giants, including 34 in 2019-20.