Matteo Guendouzi has indicated that he wants to win over Mikel Arteta and is aiming secure a place in Arsenal’s side for the upcoming season.
The 21-year-old was exiled from Arsenal’s first-team squad in June after he taunted Brighton’s players over the money they earned during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at the Amex Stadium.
After a showdown meeting with Arteta and Arsenal’s hierarchy about his poor attitude, Guendouzi didn’t feature for the Gunners for the remainder of the season and was left at home for the club’s FA Cup victory over Chelsea at Wembley.
Guendouzi was also left out of Arsenal’s victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield on August 29.
But the midfielder is now planning to win back a place in Arteta’s side for the new campaign.
In a post on Instagram on Tuesday, the French midfielder wrote: ‘2 games, 6 points! Proud of my team France. Now let’s go back to work Arsenal.’
Guendouzi has just featured in both games for France Under-21s as they registered wins over Georgia and Azerbaijan in their bid to qualify for the European Under-21 Championship next summer.
Arsenal have been open to selling Guendouzi this summer and had offered Atletico Madrid the chance to sign the midfielder as part of a deal for Thomas Partey. However, the Spanish club rejected Arsenal’s proposal.
Lyon also turned down Arsenal’s offer to sign Guendouzi with the Gunners keen on their highly rated midfielder Houssem Aouar in return.
‘I’ve been really clear that everybody starts from zero,’ said the Arsenal manager.
‘What you did two weeks ago or two years ago, doesn’t really matter. It’s what you are able to contribute to the team now.
‘Everybody is going to have the same opportunities. They have to show with their performance their attitude that they are better than their teammates or somehow contributing with what we want to achieve this season.
‘Yes… I’ve told him exactly that. That he’ll be part of the team and at the moment he’s like any other player in our squad.
‘He deserves to be treated exactly the same and I will do that to my best capability.’