June 12, 2021

Arsenal set to earn €10m by triggering Matteo Guendouzi contract clause

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Arsenal are considering extending Matteo Guendouzi’s contract despite his future at The Emirates remaining uncertain.

Guendouzi spent the entire 2020/21 campaign out on loan after falling completely out of favour under Mikel Arteta.

The Frenchman hasn’t played since an ugly on-field altercation with Brighton striker Neal Maupay shortly after football returned last year.

He now looks likely to leave on a permanent basis, with Arteta looking to upgrade his options in the middle of the park.

Marseille have been linked with a move and RMC Sport claim the Gunners are keen to extend the 22-year-old’s contract by 12 months in order to maximise how much they can get.

Matteo Gunedouzi's current contract is set to expire at the end of the 2021/22 season
Matteo Gunedouzi’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the 2021/22 season

At present, Guendouzi will become a free agent next summer, leaving Arsenal in a familiar position.

The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck have recently left the club after seeing their contracts expire.

RMC suggest triggering Guendouzi’s extension could earn them an €10million with Marseille now mulling over a deal.

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit recently took aim at his compatriot, telling him he needed to shut his mouth, if he was to make it in the Premier League.

“I think things happened too quickly for Guendouzi at a time where he wasn’t strong enough mentally,” he said earlier this year.

“Guendouzi has a volcanic personality. He was called up to the French national team after a good run in the Arsenal team, but I didn’t see him have a very good game in that spell.

“He did OK in games, but as soon as he went to the national team, he changed on the pitch.

Gunedouzi could join Marseille this summer
Gunedouzi could join Marseille this summer

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“He’s had arguments with referees, opponents, sometimes his own teammates, and I think this is something he has to control. If you want to reach the highest level and stay there, you have to control your emotions.

Petit continued: “He needs to realise this and adapt very quickly because I think he still has qualities and can bring something to Arsenal.

“When you can’t control your emotions, it’s very hard for your teammates to work with you, it’s hard for your fans to back you and it’s hard to keep out of the press limelight.

“But most importantly it’s hard for your manager to pick you. I remember he had a fight with Mikel Arteta and after that we didn’t see him again in an Arsenal shirt.

“You need to keep it in mind that at the end of the day you are just a player. Until you are the best player in the world, which you are not, you shut your mouth and keep working hard and respecting others.”

Meanwhile, reports have suggested that Arsenal could turn to Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves to play alongside Thomas Partey.

Following Nuno Espirito Santo’s Molineux departure, Neves has been touted as a player that could leave in order to boost funds.

It is believed Wolves value the Portugal international at more than £30m, with the player under contract for another three years.

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