Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is reportedly facing a fight to convince Mikel Arteta of his long-term future at the club.
Arteta omitted the Frenchman from his squad for Sunday’s defeat of Newcastle in what is believed to be a punishment dished out to the player.
According to The Telegraph, Guendouzi and his manager had a ‘heated row’ during the Gunners’ recent winter break training camp in Dubai as the Spanish coach was unhappy with the midfielder’s attitude.
Arteta, who succeeded the sacked Unai Emery as manager last November, selects his squad based on performance in training during the week and this is said to be the reason for Guendouzi’s absence vs the Magpies.
The decision to drop Guendouzi paid off as well, as Arsenal romped to a 4-0 win over Newcastle with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette all getting on the score sheet.
The 20-year-old Guendouzi arrived as one of Unai Emery’s first signings at the Emirates and has shown promise during his short spell at the club so far.
But he is now having to win back the support of Arteta following their alleged training ground fallout.
When asked about Guendouzi’s absence on Sunday, Arteta replied: “The reason is that players who, in my opinion, are training better, behaving better and are more applied to deliver on the pitch, what we want, are the players selected.”
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