Martin Keown questions whether Matteo Guendouzi is good enough to play for Arsenal amid exit talk

Guendouzi has been exiled from the Arsenal side.
Guendouzi has not featured in a match day squad since the Brighton game (Picture: Getty Images)

Martin Keown is unsure if Matteo Guendouzi is good enough to play for Arsenal, but insists that the youngster deserves a shot at redemption.

The 21-year-old has been exiled from the squad and reportedly forced to train alone after he grabbed Neal Maupay by the neck in the 2-1 loss to Brighton two weeks ago.

When asked if the Frenchman could return for Arsenal’s clash against Leicester City on Tuesday night, Mikel Arteta admitted that ‘the situation has not changed’, suggesting that Guendouzi’s attitude is yet to improve.

The highly-rated youngster has consequently been linked with a move away from the Emirates, with teams such as Barcelona and Real Madrid rumoured to be monitoring his situation.

But, despite showing promising flashes during his first two seasons in north London, Gunners legend Keown isn’t convinced about his ability and believes the midfielder will struggle to get back into Arteta’s side.

‘His biggest quality is his personality, I’m not sure he’s really good enough if I’m absolutely honest,’ Keown told talkSPORT.

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The youngster grabbed Maupay by his neck after the Brighton loss (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I think if you do have misdemeanours and you play well on the pitch that seems to get you back in and that may be the problem for him.

‘[Lucas] Torreira now is back from injury, [Granit] Xhaka is playing better in that position, [Dani] Ceballos is controlling games for Arsenal.

‘It’s going to be difficult for the young man to get back in but everybody deserves a second opportunity, but it starts from the training pitch.

‘They may want to use him though in terms of selling players, we talk about the financial difficulties, probably Arsenal need to sell before they can buy in the summer.

‘It may be that he takes the opportunity to offload him in the summer but we’ll have to wait and see what Arteta intends to do.’

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