Although it’s unlikely that Matteo Guendouzi will become a star player that everything was built around, it did look like he was going to be a key player for Arsenal going forward.
His relentless energy and determination in the middle of the pitch was very important to Arsenal while he also had some quality on the ball.
Everything changed during that eventful loss to Brighton last season, where words were said and he totally fell out of favour.
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It’s also very important for a new manager to gain the respect of the squad so they need to demonstrate the ability to stick with their decisions, but you can argue that there’s something to be said for being willing to forgive too.
Everyone thought that there was no way back for Guendouzi after all of this, but it actually looks like he’s going to get another chance:
Mikel Arteta has told Matteo Guendouzi he has a clean slate at #AFC ahead of the new season.
“I have been really clear that everybody starts from zero. He is going to be part of the team and at the moment he is like any other player in our squad."
— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) August 27, 2020
It’s hard not to be cynical and wonder if this is merely a negotiating tactic from Arsenal, as they can demand a better price if everything looks rosy and they can give the impression that they don’t need to sell.
Despite that, Arsenal have lost Dani Ceballos and the midfield does need strengthening, so perhaps the Frenchman can work his way back into the team and become an important player again.