Arsenal bad boy Matteo Guendouzi has rejected three offers to leave


Matteo Guendouzi has fallen out of favour with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal remain keen to offload Matteo Guendouzi, despite the France international’s return to first team training.

The 21-year-old was the breakout star of Unai Emery’s only full season in charge following his £7million move from Lorient in the summer of 2018, but the gifted midfielder fell out of favour following the arrival of Mikel Arteta.

Guendouzi was guilty of several disciplinary breaches and failed to figure at all in the first team after an altercation with Brighton’s Neal Maupay during a defeat against the Seagulls back in June.

Arteta welcomed Guendouzi back into the fold earlier this week, but remains keen to see the back of a player who was brought to the club on the recommendation of former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.

According to ESPN, Valencia, Atalanta and Villarreal, now managed by Emery, have expressed an interest in signing Guendouzi, but the player has rejected those clubs as potential destinations.

Unai Emery is keen on the idea of signing Matteo Guendouzi for Villarreal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have entered into negotiations with both PSG and Lyon, but both Ligue 1 sides have given short shrift to the idea of recruiting Guendouzi, even as part of a potential player plus cash swap deal.

Europa League winners Sevilla are also said to be monitoring Guendouzi’s situation with sporting director Monchi, who himself came close to joining Arsenal before Edu was appointed, a keen admirer of the player.

Guendouzi was not the only high-profile player to have been frozen out towards the end of last season, with Mesut Ozil also exiled during the run-in. Speaking ahead of the Community Shield a fortnight ago, however, Arteta insisted both men would start the new campaign with clean slates.

When asked if Guendouzi will be reintegrated back into the squad, Arteta said: ‘I have been really clear that everybody starts from zero all the time in football.

‘What you did two weeks ago or two years ago doesn’t really matter. It’s what you are able to contribute to the team now.

‘Everybody is going to have the same opportunities. They’ll have to show with their performances and their attitude that they are better than their teammates or somehow contributing to what we want to achieve this season.’

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