Former France goalkeeper Mikael Landreau has offered his take on Arsena midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, calling the Gunners man ‘a pain’ with an ‘oversized ego’.
Guendouzi is currently out on loan with Hertha Berlin and has been impressing in Germany after falling down the pecking order under the management of Mikel Arteta.
And Landreau, who managed Guendouzi at Lorient in France, has offered his comments on the young midfielder, insisting it hasn’t surprised him to see the Gunners man wind up in a bit of trouble.
“He annoyed me terribly, he is very complicated to manage. He sometimes has some behaviours within a group that are very, very hard, but somehow, that’s what he is, a big character,”Landreau said. (Canal +, via Goal)
“He doesn’t let go, he is a fighter. He has an oversized ego, but he certainly needs it. I think he needs to be in the spotlight, to be a leader. He needs to be a captain or vice-captain, and he will try to make the most of it.”
Guendouzi seems to have burnt his bridges with Arsenal and Arteta and may well struggle to make a career for himself back in the Premier League.
However, he’ll be buoyed by his form in Berlin. Guendouzi, who only earns a reported £40k-a-week in north London, has quickly built a reputation for himself and played well for the France under-21s during the international break, too.
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This must really frustrate Mikel Arteta. Guendouzi has all the tools to be a very good footballer in the Premier League but is clearly a bit of an issue in and the first-team.
Of course, Arteta won’t shoehorn him in if it affects the group. But you do get the sense of there being a missed opportunity here with Guendouzi and Arsenal.
Time will tell with this but it seems Guendouzi won’t be changing anytime soon.