Arsenal board told Matteo Guendouzi they don’t want to sell him in meeting

Matteo Guendouzi on the subs bench for Arsenal FC v Olympiacos FC
Guendouzi wants out of Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

 

Matteo Guendouzi’s transfer request was immediately turned down by Arsenal chiefs when the midfielder met with the club earlier this week, reports say.

Mikel Arteta disciplined Guendouzi for his actions in the defeat to Brighton, where he reportedly taunted opponents through out the game and grabbed Neal Maupay by the throat.

The FA declined to take further action against Guendouzi, but Arteta axed the Frenchman completely from the squad that beat Southampton on Thursday.

Guendouzi, 21, met with Arsenal chiefs this week to discuss his future and told them he wanted to leave the club.

ESPN claim Guendouzi is wary about regular playing time, but he received an immediate no from officials in the room.

The board told Guendouzi they have no intention or desire to sell him and reiterated their feeling that he would become a great player at the Emirates.

Arteta was pressed on Guendouzi’s absence after his side’s victory over Southampton, but the Arsenal boss refused to make any concrete statement.

Mikel Arteta hugs Matteo Guendouzi
Arteta dropped Guendouzi (Picture: Getty)

 

However, Arteta did suggest any player who didn’t come on board with his thinking could leave.

‘As I said in the press conference [on Thursday night], whatever internal issues we have we will deal with them privately and I am never going to make any of that public,’ he said.

‘All the players that are here, I am counting on them. If they want on the boat, they are more than welcome and that’s always my mindset.

‘I am here to help all of them, to improve individually and collectively and that is my job.’

Guendouzi was signed by former boss Unai Emery from Lorient and it is not the first time he has clashed with Arteta.

The Gunners coach dropped Guendouzi in February after being left unimpressed with his attitude during Arsenal’s warm weather training camp in Dubai.

Manchester United are tracking developments at Arsenal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer interested in signing Guendouzi.

Arsenal’s win over the Saints is their first since the Premier League restart and the Gunners take on Sheffield United on Sunday in the FA Cup in their next game.

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