Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi branded a ‘great professional’ by Hertha Berlin chief

The Frenchman was frozen out by Arteta at the Emirates
The Frenchman was frozen out by Arteta at the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal’s on-loan midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is a ‘great professional’ as well as a top player, according to Hertha Berlin sporting director Arne Friedrich.

The 21-year-old was banished from the Gunners first team by Mikel Arteta in June of last season following an incident on the pitch with Brighton striker Neal Maupay in which he grabbed the Seagulls striker by the throat.

Guendouzi didn’t feature for the north London club for the rest of the campaign and was sent out on loan to Bundesliga side Hertha for the 2020/21 season.

Guendouzi's last appearance for the Gunners was back in June 2020
Guendouzi’s last appearance for the Gunners was back in June 2020 (Picture: Getty Images)

The France Under-21 international has played regularly in Germany top-flight and Friedrich dismissed any concerns over his behaviour while at Hertha.

‘When you talk about Guendouzi and see his skills, you realise that he is a great player,’ Friedrich told The Observer.

‘I’ve also read that he had problems at Arsenal but here he behaves very well.

‘He puts all of himself on the field. He is a great professional.

‘Guendouzi’s situation confirms that we must always understand how to help the players, with a talent like him it is worth it.’

When addressing his future last month, Guendouzi insisted that he will give his all for Arsenal upon his return to north London at the end of the season.

‘I am focused on my season with Hertha Berlin,’ Guendouzi told France Football.

Next, we will sit down with my entourage and people at the club to discuss the future. This summer will be a decisive moment.

‘I belong to Arsenal for another year.

‘From the moment that I am playing for Arsenal, I will give everything for the club, fans, team, and staff.

‘I will work hard for the shirt as I have always done.’

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