Mikel Arteta refuses to guarantee Matteo Guendouzi will remain at Arsenal

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Guendouzi was sidelined by Arteta (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has remained tight-lipped about the future of Matteo Guendouzi, but the Arsenal manager did refuse to say if the midfielder would be at the club next season.

Guendouzi has reportedly told Arsenal chiefs he wants a transfer after he was dropped by Arteta for disciplinary reasons following his confrontation with Brighton striker Neal Maupay.

Manchester United are showing an interest in the Frenchman and Arteta hinted any player was free to leave if they didn’t buy into his vision for the club.

‘All the players that are here, I am counting on them,’ he said.

‘If they want to jump on the boat they are more than welcome and that’s always my mindset.

‘I am here to help all of them to improve individually and collectively. That is my job.’

Arteta axed Guendouzi entirely from his 20-man squad that took on Southampton on Thursday.

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Arteta wants his players fully committed (Picture: Getty)

It is not the first time the 21-year-old has got on the wrong side of his manager after a rocky start to the relationship at Arsenal.

Arteta dropped Guendouzi in February following a winter training camp in Dubai as he was unhappy with the youngster’s attitude.

Asked if there were any further disciplinary action take against Guendouzi, Arteta replied: ‘Whatever internal issues we have, we will deal with them privately and I am never going to make any of that public.’

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