Outcast midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is again in Mikel Arteta’s plans after holding “actually constructive conversations” with the Arsenal first-team supervisor forward of the brand new marketing campaign.
Guendouzi fell out of favour after Arteta’s arrival in December and has not featured within the squad in any respect since an altercation with Neal Maupay in June’s 2-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Nonetheless, he returned to first-team coaching this week and Arteta has opened the door for the France Beneath-21 worldwide to play extra of an element this coming season.
“Matteo has been coaching like some other participant within the squad,” he stated at a pre-match information convention forward of Saturday’s Premier League opener in opposition to Fulham.
“Clearly it is a new season – time is over. We had some actually constructive conversations with each events, and now he is again with the group and coaching rather well.
“He went to France to play with Beneath-21s final week, performed nicely once more, and now he is right here.”
— Matteo Guendouzi (@MatteoGuendouzi) September 8, 2020
Arsenal are available in the market for a brand new central midfielder, with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar of Lyon rumoured to be excessive on their want checklist.
Lyon director Juninho steered this week they rejected the prospect to debate a deal for Guendouzi, who might have been utilized in a player-plus-cash transfer for Aouar.
However Arteta, who has already added Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian to his squad through the shut season, was unwilling to debate his switch enterprise additional.
“I do not learn about this. I am not going to debate right here issues that occur internally,” he stated. “However a number of issues they’ve been writing I can say they don’t seem to be true.”
Probed on whether or not Aouar stays a goal forward of the October 5 deadline, Arteta added: “I do not wish to discuss gamers at different soccer golf equipment.”
Alexandre Lacazette is one other participant who has been touted as a potential makeweight in a deal for Thomas, however Arteta insisted the ahead just isn’t searching for a transfer away.
“He’s actually pleased right here and desires to maintain contributing to the crew,” the Spaniard stated. “He is aware of concerning the competitors he has with the entrance gamers.
“The best way he has been coaching and conducting himself has been glorious. Sure, he’s very pleased right here.”
Revealed 11 Sep 2020, 18:38 IST