Matteo Guendouzi: ‘I will work hard for Arsenal shirt’

Matteo Guendouzi has vowed to try and fight his way back into Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s plans once his loan spell at Hertha Berlin comes to an end.

The 21-year-old was a regular during Unai Emery’s tenure, but was loaned out to the Bundesliga club in October by Arteta, having not featured for the Gunners this season.

“I am focused on my season with Hertha Berlin,” Guendouzi, who has made 19 appearances this season, told France Football. “Next, we will sit down with my entourage and people at the club to discuss the future. This summer will be a decisive moment.

“I belong to Arsenal for another year. From the moment that I am playing for Arsenal, I will give everything for the club, fans, team, and staff. I will work hard for the shirt as I have always done.”

Matteo Guendouzi, whose Arsenal contract expires at the end of next season, had not featured under Arteta since a loss to Brighton in June. The game ended in a fracas, with Guendouzi at its heart.

Following the incident, head coach and player had a meeting, reportedly resulting in the Frenchman saying he would be happy to depart the club and he was absent for the final eight Premier League games. Arteta previously left Guendouzi out of a matchday squad following a difference of opinion during a training camp in Dubai.


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