Matteo Guendouzi is set to leave Arsenal on loan and join Hertha Berlin, according to widespread reports.
The France international joined the Gunners two years ago from Lorient as a virtual unknown after he was recommended by the club’s former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.
Guendouzi, who cost just £7.25m, made an immediate impression under Unai Emery and established a reputation as one of Europe’s most exciting young midfield talents.
The 21-year-old struggled to win the total confidence of Emery’s successor, Mikel Arteta, however, and fell foul of the former Arsenal captain’s ‘non-negotiables’.
Guendouzi attracted the ire of his manager following a disciplinary breach during a warm weather training camp in Dubai earlier this year and has been frozen out of the first team picture entirely since he clashed with and taunted Brighton’s Neal Maupay back in June.
Arsenal appear to have missed out on their No.1 midfield target Houssem Aouar and have struggled to find the funds required to activate Thomas Partey’s Atletico Madrid release clause.
Arteta also sanctioned the loan departure of Lucas Torreira to Atletico this week, but despite the paucity of options he currently has in central midfield, the 38-year-old has also given the green light to Guendouzi’s exit.
By contrast, Arsenal were forced to pay Real Madrid £4million to take Dani Ceballos back on loan for a second consecutive season,