Arteta gives Matteo Guendouzi dressing down after another bust-up with Arsenal teammate

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Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi’s bust-up with Mikel Arteta was not his only disciplinary infraction, with the youngster reportedly clashing with one of his teammates.

The Frenchman was dropped from the Arsenal squad that faced Newcastle last week after clashing with his manager during the club’s winter training camp in Dubai, exchanging heated words with the head coach.

He returned to the matchday squad for Sunday’s win over Everton, though, and was brought on late in the game to help see out the result.

While Guendouzi appears to be back in Arteta’s good books, The Athletic’s David Ornstein is reporting that the 20-year-old had to be reprimanded for a second altercation.

While Guendouzi appears to be back in Arteta’s good books, The Athletic’s David Ornstein is reporting that the 20-year-old had to be reprimanded for a second altercation.

This incident happened before the trip to Dubai, with Guendouzi rowing with a teammate mid-training session, and Arteta had to pull up both players. Guendouzi was deemed the instigator, though, and was given a more stern dressing down by his manager.

The Athletic’s report also mentions a third incident, this one during the winter camp, when technical director Edu had to tell off Guendouzi for removing his shirt and waving it around while the squad listened to some local music. Despite the issues, Arsenal have been happy with how Guendouzi has responded, backing Arteta over his decision to raise the standards in the squad, and the Frenchman was trusted to come off the bench against Everton on Sunday. While Arteta did not want to address rumours of a bust-up with Guendouzi directly, he hinted that disciplinary issues played a role.

‘It was about the way we train, the way we play, the way we live,’ the Spanish coach said last week. ‘I want the best players for the game and I select them in relation to what I see on a daily basis. ‘I just make my team selection and the squad is selected in regards to how they play, how they train and how they behave. Every week it will be different. One week it will be on reason, another week it will be another reason.’

 

 

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