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Mikel Arteta speaks out on potential Matteo Guendouzi return

Arteta spoke about the possibility of Matteo Guendouzi returning to north London.



Mikel Arteta and Matteo Guendouzi. (Photo via Getty images)

Matteo Guendouzi is currently on loan at Marseille for the season and the Ligue 1 side have an option his transfer permanent.

Guendouzi fell out with Arteta after an incident with Neal Maupay during the 2019/20 season and was loaned out to Hertha Berlin last term.

In a pre-match press conference Arteta was questioned about Guendouzi possibly returning to Arsenal at some point this season. Arteta ruled that out however, he declined to say whether the 22-year-old had [layed his last game for Arsenal.

“For right now, he’s gone for the season.” Arteta said in the press conference. “I think he’s having a really good spell at Marseille, and it’s part of the plan we made with him. He’s continued with his development and we’ll make a decision at the end of the year.”

Questioned whether the French midfielder had already played his last game for the Gunners, Arteta responded: “I think you cannot say that about a player that is owned by the club.”

Arteta’s comments were a bit surprising given the fact that he and Guendouzi failed to make amends. Nonetheless Guendouzi will most likely join Marseille on a permanent transfer, regrettable given his talent and potential.

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