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Arsenal news: Mikel Arteta allows Matteo Guendouzi to return to training

The midfielder was exiled from the first team after a defeat to Brighton (Picture: Sky Sports News)

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has finally been brought back in from the cold by manager Mikel Arteta, with the Frenchman once again allowed to train with the first team.

Guendouzi and Arteta had a major falling out at the end of last season following the youngster’s clash with Brighton striker Neal Maupay, having grabbed the forward around the throat.

Although he avoided a suspension, Arteta opted to discipline Guendouzi anyway – though the 21-year-old was fuming with his manager’s reaction having felt he was defending his teammates.

Guendouzi fell out with Arteta after being reprimanded for grabbing Maupay (Picture: Getty)

Earlier in the match, Maupay had pushed over goalkeeper Bernd Leno which resulted in a gruesome injury for the German shot-stopper, who did not play again that season.

Arsenal had eight more matches after their defeat to Brighton but Guendouzi was not involved in any of them, not making a single matchday squad or even attending Wembley for the FA Cup final, with Arteta forcing him to train with the youth team until he had learnt his…