Emmanuel Petit tells Matteo Guendouzi "shut your mouth" to save Arsenal future

Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi has been warned he needs to keep quiet in order to have any sort of a future at the club.

Guendouzi is currently out on loan at Hertha Berlin, but it seems unlikely he'll stay in Germany permanently.

The French midfielder fell out of favour under Mikel Arteta after a spat with Neal Maupay after a defeat against Brighton, with his conduct called into question as a result.

Guendouzi didn't play after that game, and was allowed to leave after it became clear he wasn't in Arteta's plans for this season.

The Gunners are believed to be eager to sell him permanently this summer but the player himself seems to want to stay put, considering he recently denied his Arsenal career was over.

But Emmanuel Petit has warned the young midfielder that he needs to keep his head down and his mouth shut if he is to have any chance of succeeding at The Emirates.

Petit, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Crystal Palace v Chelsea, said: "I think things happened too quickly for Matteo Guendouzi at a time where he wasn't strong enough mentally. He has a volcanic personality.

"He was called up to the French national team after a good run in the Arsenal team, but I didn't see him have a very good game in that spell.

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  • "He did OK in games, but as soon as he went to the national team, he changed on the pitch.

    "He's had arguments with referees, opponents, sometimes his own teammates, and I think this is something he has to control. If you want to reach the highest level and stay there, you have to control your emotions.

    "He needs to realise this and adapt very quickly because I think he still has qualities and can bring something to Arsenal.

    "When you can't control your emotions, it's very hard for your teammates to work with you, it's hard for your fans to back you and it's hard to keep out of the press limelight. But most importantly it's hard for your manager to pick you.

    "I remember he had a fight with Mikel Arteta and after that we didn't see him again in an Arsenal shirt. You need to keep it in mind that at the end of the day you are just a player.

    "Until you are the best player in the world, which you are not, you shut your mouth and keep working hard and respecting others."

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