Mikel Arteta willing to sell Matteo Guendouzi after Arsenal star taunted Brighton players over their wages

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Matteo Guedouzi has been put up for sale (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi could be sold this summer if the Gunners receive the right bid after Mikel Arteta’s patience ran out with the Frenchman.

Guendouzi grabbed Brighton striker Neal Maupay by the throat following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to the Seagulls and it was announced on Monday that he had narrowly escaped a three-match ban for the incident.

Maupay suggested afterwards that the Gunners lacked ‘humility’ and he hinted at Guendouzi making disparaging comments during the defeat, which led to the pair clashing at full-time.

It’s claimed Guendouzi called Brighton’s players ‘s**t’ and mocked the Seagulls’ squad for earning less than his £40,000-a-week deal.

Arteta has defended Guendouzi in public but the Spaniard has been keeping a close eye on the 21-year-old since he angered him earlier in the season by failing to focus during a tactics talk at the training ground.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal confronts Neal Maupay of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal FC at American Express Community Stadium on June 20, 2020 in Brighton, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Guendouzi clashed with Maupay (Picture: Getty)

The Daily Mail claim Guendouzi was ‘messing about’ and doing ‘silly dances’ when Arteta’s back was turned as the Spaniard led his side through footage from training.

Arteta is trying to change the culture at Arsenal and doesn’t want a bad apple to ruin his work, which is bad news for Guendouzi’s future at the club.

The Mail claim Arteta is now willing to listen to offers for the midfielder and that the club are ready to back the Spaniard’s decision to offload one of their most promising players.

It comes as Arteta deals with a wave of injuries that threaten to pile even more pain on the Gunners’ campaign.

Pablo Mari is set to miss at least two months with a hamstring injury he sustained against Manchester City, while Gabriel Martinelli could miss up to three months with a knee issue.

There was better news on Bernd Leno, who is facing up to six weeks out after scan results showed he did not tear his Anterior Crucial Ligament.

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