Marseille confirm the signing of Matteo Guenduozi from Arsenal on loan just 24 hours after Frenchman confirmed he was leaving the Emirates following fall-out with Mikel Arteta over taunting of Brighton players
- Matteo Guendouzi has completed a move from Arsenal to Ligue 1 side Marseille
- Frenchman had spent last season on loan in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin
- The midfielder had been frozen out by Mikel Arteta after a spat at Brighton
Matteo Guendouzi has completed a second loan move away from Arsenal, after Marseille confirmed his arrival on Tuesday afternoon.
The Ligue 1 club also have an option to buy after revealing the midfielder has joined on a season-long deal.
Guendouzi also spent last season away from the Emirates having spent the previous campaign at Hertha Berlin.
He had made 82 appearances for the Gunners since joining from Lorient in 2018. However, despite working his way into the first team, he was frozen out under Mikel Arteta following his actions during a Premier League clash with Brighton in 2020.
Matteo Guendouzi has completed his move from Arsenal to Ligue 1 side Marseille this summer
He has been handed the number six by Marseille on his return to France’s top flight. He is their fifth recruit of the summer, with Gerson, Leonardo Balerdi, Konrad de la Fuente and Cengiz Under having already joined.
In a Twitter post on Monday, the Frenchman confirmed his Arsenal exit, writing: ‘Thank you Arsenal. Thanks for everything!
‘I discovered and learned so much during my time here. It would be impossible to list everything without forgetting one memory or word… but I will never forget any minute spent with the Gunners jersey.
‘I will never forget the Emirates Stadium. I will never forget the fans. I won’t forget the city.
‘I will never forget everything I’ve been through here. I will never forget that my only will was to defend with pride Arsenal colours.
‘Thanks to all of those who believed in me during my time here, during the good and the bad moments. I can only wish the best to the club and its fans who deserve so much, trust me! Goodbye Arsenal, I will never forget you and will be a Gooner forever.’
The midfielder spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin after falling out with Mikel Arteta
Guendouzi’s last appearance in an Arsenal shirt saw him sent off for grabbing Brighton’s Neal Maupay by the neck.
Following the game, Sportsmail learned that the midfielder spent the match taunting Brighton players about the financial disparity between the squads.
Guendouzi was also said to be disparaging about the quality of players in the Brighton team.
‘He was saying the Brighton players were s*** and that he and his team-mates earn so much more than they ever will,’ a source said. ‘He’s done it in other games as well. Arsenal are a decent club and hate that sort of behaviour.’
Guendouzi will take the number six shirt for Marseille and is their fifth recruit of the summer
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