Matteo Guendouzi was neglected of the Arsenal squad for Sunday’s Premier League win against Newcastle following an argument with head coach Mikel Arteta and members of his coaching staff throughout the Gunners’ mid-season training camp in Dubai.
Sources near to the club confirmed that Arteta was left disappointed in Guendouzi’s attitude once a heated row on the training pitch, whereas it’s additionally been reportable that tensions remained high later that evening back at the team’s hotel.
Arteta responded by dropping the 20-year-old for Sunday’s game at Emirates sports stadium, the first time the France Under-21 international had not been involved in Premier League matchday squad this season.
It doesn’t seem like there’ll be any official disciplinary action taken against Guendouzi for the incident, together with his exclusion from the squad deemed as adequate punishment.
However, it’s currently up to Guendouzi to earn his place back within the side.
The midfielder has been a regular for the Gunners since his €8m (£7m/$9.4m) move from Lorient within the summer of 2018, creating seventy six appearances in all competitions.
But he currently faces a challenge to break back to the team not just because of this incident, however additionally the performance Dani Ceballos, who replaced him within the beginning XI against the Magpies on Sunday.
The Spaniard turned in arguably his finest show of the season in his 1st league begin since the 1-1 draw against Wolves at the start of November.
Playing in a deep-lying centre role, the 23-year-old tried ninety one passes, eighty five of that were successful, and began the sweeping move that led to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s crucial opening goal early within the half.
Speaking the game the sport, Arteta aforesaid Ceballos was the best player on the pitch and praised his recent perspective in training.
“Dani Ceballos is a good example. He was injured and once he began to train I didn’t think he was fit enough,” he said. “He fully changed his behaviour and trained like an animal. i believed he was the best player on the pitch.”
Sunday’s win upraised Arsenal up to tenth within the table and are in action once more on Thursday after they meet Olympiacos within the Europa League , before hosting Everton back in the Premier League on Sunday.