Matteo Guendouzi is unlikely to win his place back in Arsenal’s first team plans while Mikel Arteta remains at the helm, but the exiled midfielder exhibited the eye for goal his parent club are sorely lacking at the moment during Hertha Berlin’s match against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
The France international’s acrimonious relationship with Arteta came to a head following a controversial defeat against Brighton in June when Guendouzi became embroiled in an unseemly altercation with Neal Maupey.
Guendouzi was subsequently frozen out by Arteta and was shipped out on loan to the Bundesliga club where he has warmed to the task of rebuilding his reputation with a series of eye-catching displays.
In fairness, the midfielder is not known for his goalscoring prowess – he only found the back of the net once during his two years in north London – but he displayed no lack of confidence on Saturday, curling the ball home first time from the edge of the penalty area.
Speaking last month about his decision to leave Arsenal. Guendouzi revealed he needed to rediscover his appetite for the game having been frozen out by Arteta and missing out on Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph at the end of last season
‘I needed to have fun on the pitch, to regain confidence and that’s what Hertha offers me. It really is a choice I made,’ Guendouzi told Telefoot.
‘In the space of two seasons I have played more than 80 games with Arsenal. ‘When you play less, you start to think and it hurts.’
Guendouzi also has his sights set on becoming a full France international, having previously represented his country at under-21, under-20, under-19 and under-18 levels.
‘I still have in the back of my mind to earn a lot more selections, and to be important in the future.’