Matteo Guendouzi has reportedly had to beg the Arsenal board to allow his exit after being made a scapegoat by boss Mikel Arteta.
Guendouzi has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer, having not played since the Gunners’ Premier League defeat to Brighton in June.
The French midfielder was involved in an altercation with Brighton’s Neal Maupay during the 2-1 reverse, and has been frozen out by manager Mikel Arteta ever since.
Arsenal have lost just two games since Guendouzi was dropped, with Arteta’s side having beaten Liverpool (twice), Manchester City and Chelsea and lifted the FA Cup and the Community Shield.
Guendouzi was tipped for big things when he joined the Gunners under Unai Emery two years ago.
Matteo Guendouzi has been frozen out since June by Mikel Arteta
But the 21-year-old appears to have become symbolic of a period at the Emirates that Arteta wants to consign to history as he bids to turn Arsenal back into Premier League title contenders.
However, there have been no bids for Guendouzi, and neither Lyon nor Atletico Madrid were interested when Arsenal reportedly offered him in part-exchange for midfield targets Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey respectively.
So, with time running out until the October 5 transfer deadline, the France under-21 international has taken matters into his own hands and pleaded with Gunners chiefs to let him leave, according to Top Mercato .
Guendouzi is believed to have already handed in a transfer request, so his latest move is a clear signal that he is not willing to try and play his way back into Arteta’s plans.
Guendouzi has reportedly begged the Arsenal board to let him leave
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