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Matteo Guendouzi speaks out about Arsenal exit and drops hints over long-term future

Matteo Guendouzi insists his Arsenal career is not over – despite his high-profile falling out with manager Mikel Arteta.

The 21-year-old left the Emirates Stadium on transfer deadline day, joining Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal.

Having initially impressed at Arsenal following his move from Lorient in 2018, the France Under-21 international had not featured for the Gunners this season.

He has not kicked a ball for Arteta’s side since a post-match clash with Brighton striker Neal Maupay after Arsenal had lost to the Seagulls on June 20.

Arteta later questioned Guendouzi’s commitment to the cause and the player would depart for Germany in the final hours of the market.

Matteo Guendouzi joined Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal
(Image: Hertha BSC)

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But, speaking after captaining France’s Under-21s to a 5-0 win over Liechtenstein on Thursday night, Guendouzi said his time at Arsenal is not at an end.

“It is not that, I just really needed to play this year, a new challenge,” he told reporters.

“That was the most important thing for me. I am still young, I am only 21, so playing time was the top priority for me.

“So Hertha Berlin, I know that I will be able to express myself in a magnificent league.

“They are a very good club with big ambitions. So, I have left to go on loan there for a year, so I will give everything I can for this club.

“I needed playing time, I need to play, I needed to enjoy myself on the pitch and that is what I am going to do this year.”

The Frenchman had fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta
(Image: REUTERS)

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