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Does the bench beckon for Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi?

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Does the bench beckon for Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi?

Arsenal starlet Matteo Guendouzi was named as a substitute for the second consecutive game by interim manager Freddie Ljungberg.

The French youngster was left out of the starting XI to accommodate Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka in central midfield.

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He was brought on for a cameo towards the end, but one has to wonder whether his status as a regular starter has come to an end for the time being.

Unai Emery’s admiration for the 20-year-old was very clear, but his form in recent months has not been great.

Many supporters had been calling for the youngster’s role to be reduced, but then the Xhaka situation happened.

Guendouzi continued on in the starting XI, but has not had his usual bright spark during the club’s appalling winless run.

 

Now out of the team, he could face a fight to get back in.

TBR’s view – Guendouzi removal needed?

The fact Arsenal won without Guendouzi will probably count against him, despite how poor the Gunners were in the first half.

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It’s unlikely too many would be complaining about him being on the bench.

Guendouzi is always willing, but can sometimes be too safe in possession and his game can frustrate especially when the club are chasing results.

Ljungberg was right to remove the youngster from the firing line – it’s something that could now force him to up his game to get back in.

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