Matteo Guendouzi snubs plea from Arsenal teammate David Luiz over argument with Mikel Arteta

Matteo Guendouzi snubs plea from Arsenal teammate David Luiz over argument with Mikel Arteta
The Frenchman now looks certain to leave the Emirates this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Matteo Guendouzi appears to have no intention of mending bridges at Arsenal after his falling out with manager Mikel Arteta, reportedly snubbing advice from David Luiz over his conduct.

The Frenchman has been banned from first-team training after grabbing Neal Maupay around the throat following the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat against Brighton last month.

Although Guendouzi escaped an FA sanction for the incident, Arteta was furious with his conduct, leaving him out of the side in the following four Premier League matches and ordering him to train alone until he changes his attitude.

Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi grabs Neal Maupay around the throat
Guendouzi has been frozen out since grabbing Maupay around the neck (Picture: Sky Sports)

Arteta hoped the punishment would teach the young midfielder a valuable lesson, but instead he has refused to apologise and now believes his future lies away from the Emirates.

Now a fresh report from France Football claims Guendouzi has rejected the pleas of teammate David Luiz, one of the most senior players in the squad, who has tried to get the 21-year-old to back down.

Luiz encouraged the youngster – who also had to be reprimanded during a warm-weather training camp before the season was halted – to show more professionalism, but his advice was ‘brushed aside’.

Rather than being prompted to change his mentality, Guendouzi has continued to defend his actions and insists he was protecting his teammate, with Maupay having caused an injury to Bernd Leno earlier in the game.

A meeting between Guendouzi, Arteta, head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu has already taken place, in which the midfielder’s omission from the first-team squad was confirmed, and a second round of talks will continue at the end of the season when a final decision will be made.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Matteo Guendouzi
Arteta is prepared to sell Guendouzi if his attitude does not change significantly (Picture: Getty)

Guendouzi’s behaviour since the disciplinary action has only reinforced Arteta’s concerns about his behaviour and attitude, while the player himself does not see a future for himself at Arsenal under the Spaniard.

If he does not change his mindset dramatically before the end of the season, Arsenal will look to offload him in the summer and would hope to receive a fee of around £30million.

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