Arsenal will hold a meeting with midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi at the end of the season to determine whether he has a future at the club.
The French midfielder has found himself out of the picture at the Emirates since the defeat to Brighton following the midfielder’s actions at the end of the game.
France Football report that during the game he was heard to ‘verbally attack’ several of Brighton’s players, even making comments about the wages they were earning.
That did not sit well with Arteta and Arsenal’s leadership, who have grown ‘exasperated’ by his attitude.
Following the defeat, he was summoned for a meeting with Arteta, football director Raul Sanllehi, technical director Edu and Huss Fahmy to discuss the incident and give him a chance to explain himself.
Arsenal’s management consider the incident as ‘very serious’ as it is not the first one involving the French midfielder.
Indeed, relations between Arteta and Guendouzi are said to be tense after the Arsenal boss sided with Sokratis Papastathopoulos when the two players clashed during a training session in the Gulf.
That led to an argument between Arteta and his midfielder, who it is claimed did not hold back in his criticism of the Spanish boss.
Following that, Arsenal’s leadership asked him for more ‘self-control’ and to show more responsibility for his actions. That, though, was ‘in vain’, as were attempts by David Luiz to talk him down.
The Brazilian urged the young midfielder to show more ‘professionalism’, but this advice was also ‘brushed aside’, leading to his expulsion from the group until further notice.
That has sparked suggestions that his time at Arsenal is at an end, with him set to be moved on this summer and several sides in Europe likely to be keen.
France Football cover the situation today and say that a meeting has been scheduled for the end of the season to determine what will happen.
Unless Guendouzi shows a change in attitude and apologises to the club’s leadership, he will be moved on.
Arsenal will be open to any kind of deal and will explore permanent transfers, loans with an option to buy or an exchange. For the former, they will look for between €30-35m.