Guendouzi stock at an all-time low.
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi’s stock has fallen across the last eighteen months.
Joining the Gunners for eight million pounds from French Ligue 2 side Lorient, Guendouzi made a good impression on Arsenal fans and coaching staff alike in Unai Emery’s first season, making 33 Premier League appearances.
However, a change of regime did the Frenchman no favours, who clashed with new boss Mikel Arteta on more than one occasion, and was eventually loaned out to Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin for the 2020-2021 season.
It is difficult to describe his season in Germany as a success, yet he made 24 appearances for the Bundesliga side as he helped them avoid relegation before suffering a fractured metatarsal that ruled him out of the Under 21 European Championship finals.
Returning to Arsenal this summer, his future remains incredibly uncertain either at the Emirates or eleswhere.
Marseille shocked by Arsenal demands
Although still just 22-years-old, the captain of France’s Under 21 side is not thought to have a future at Arsenal when he returns this summer.
He has been strongly linked with a return to France, with Marseille supposedly keen on the youngster’s services, although they are yet to agree a price with the Gunners.
And a French report from Le10sport claims that Arsenal are being “greedy” with their demands, supposedly asking for in excess of ten million euros for any deal to be completed.
It was understood before today that Guendouzi’s contract expired in June 2022, leaving Arsenal seemingly weak at the negotiating table. However, fresh information from Le10 suggests that the Gunners actually hold a clause for a one year extension within the Frenchman’s existing deal, meaning that they are not in any danger of losing the 22-year-old for free in twelve months.
Whether Guendouzi ultimately finds his way out of the Emirates on a permanent deal this summer remains to be seen, but Arsenal’s demands suggest that they feel as though they are negotiating from a position of strength, something that the contract news reflects.