Even though Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi seemingly left the Emirates Stadium under a dark cloud, he’s been going about his business pretty well since his loan switch to Hertha Berlin.
The 21-year-old joined Arsenal in 2018 from French outfit Lorient, the Gunners reportedly paying £7million for his services, and he has clocked up 82 competitive club appearances for the Gunners to date.
However, Guendouzi was frozen out at the Emirates Stadium in wake of an incident with Brighton’s Neal Maupay towards the end of their Premier League clash in June, and subsequently swapped London for Berlin on transfer deadline day.
The Frenchman was forced to self-isolate after coming back from international duty with his nation’s Under-21s last month, his first training session with Hertha taking place at the end of October.
To date, Guendouzi has made two appearances, both in the Bundesliga – a 33-minute showing off the bench against Wolfsburg and the full 90 against Augsburg.
“Three months ago, Matteo’s loan signing wasn’t possible, but it was at the beginning of October,” Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz told Kicker recently, as translated by Metro.
“We are happy that he is here and that he enriched our game from the start. We’ll see everything else next summer.”
On Tuesday, Guendouzi put in an especially impressive display as his France U21s ran out 3-1 winners over Switzerland.
“Matteo Guendouzi with a masterclass tonight for France’s U21s,” Get French Football News wrote on Twitter.
“Intensity of pressing phenomenal in the dying embers of this match, with Les Bleuets playing with 10 men for over 30 mins owing to Colin Dagba’s red card.”
Although Guendouzi and Arteta reportedly had a falling out in the summer, the midfielder is going about things the right way in terms of redeeming himself.
If he continues on this trajectory – both in terms of display and also working hard and showing the right attitude – Arteta could well be won over and opt to give his player another opportunity once he’s back in North London.
Could Guendouzi be next season’s Mohamed Elneny, returning to Arsenal on loan and, to the surprise of many fans, winning his place back and becoming an established first-teamer once again?