Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi goes through ‘football puberty’ on loan from Hertha Berlin … as coach Pal Dardai insists that ‘angry rebel’ should ‘learn like an animal’ with his character heavily questioned after being frozen by Mikel Arteta
- Younger Matteo Guendouzi faces a real battle to revive his Arsenal career
- Guendouzi is on loan to Hertha Berlin and his character is heavily questioned
- Guendouzi was frozen by Mikel Arteta before sealing the loan to Germany
- Hertha boss Pal Dardai claimed that Frenchman is going through football ‘puberty’
Hertha Berlin boss Pal Dardai insists Arsenal borrower Matteo Guendouzi has a lot to learn if he is to have a long and successful career, and claims he is currently going through the ‘football puberty’.
Guendouzi gains experience on loan in Germany at Hertha after being frozen by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta at the end of last season.
The 21-year-old has heavily questioned his character since joining the Gunners in the summer of 2018, when Arteta loaned him out to develop his all-round game.
Matteo Guendouzi was criticized for crashing far too easily in his own penalty area before RB Leipzig scored against Hertha Berlin seconds later at the weekend.
And Hertha coach Dardai has admitted that Guendouzi is still a long way from the level necessary to reach the top, while claiming that he has a rebellious instinct.
Dardai told Bild: ‘It’s like puberty for him, he’s a bit of a rebel. He has to work and learn like an animal. ‘
Over the weekend, Guendouzi was criticized for crashing far too easily in his own penalty area, seconds before RB Leipzig scored – moments after he took the field.
And Dardai admitted that he needed to get that behavior out of his game as soon as possible.
He added: ‘During training I always stop these kinds of duels because you can’t fall to the ground like that. And after that he is crazy. ‘
Hertha boss Pal Dardai claims that Guendouzi is currently going through football ‘puberty’
Arsenal will closely monitor the Frenchman’s situation in the German capital and will be pleased with his amount of playing time so far.
The youngster has appeared 17 times in all competitions for Hertha so far in what has been a difficult season for the club – in 15th place, tied on points with Arminia, who are in the playoffs for relegation.
However, Arsenal will still be wary of his stance – having seen a feud with teammate Matheus Cunha at halftime during Hertha’s 3-0 defeat to Hoffenheim in January.
Arteta was fed up with Guendouzi after similar tantalizing outbursts during his stay in North London last season.
Guendouzi was in the hot water after grabbing Brighton’s Neal Maupay by the throat just after Arsenal collapsed at Amex Stadium last June.
The Frenchman lost his head when Arsenal collapsed against Brighton in June last season
It has also been alleged that Guendouzi, who was earning in the region of £ 40,000 a week at Arsenal, teased the Brighton players over the financial disparity between the teams.
Arteta’s distant relationship with Guendouzi dates back to a training camp in Dubai earlier last season, where it was suspected the duo collided after the midfielder confronted Sokratis.
The Frenchman, who was signed by Unai Emery, was dropped for countless matches after training camp before eventually being loaned out to Berlin.
Guendouzi knows he has to regain Arteta’s confidence if he wants a successful future with the Emirates, and he will keep his head bowed and listen to the advice of his Hertha boss to get his career back on track.
Guendouzi has plenty of work to do to get back on Mikel Arteta’s good books with the Emirates