Guendouzi sends message to Arteta after ‘being rejected by two clubs’

Matteo Guendouzi is seemingly determined to get back in Mikel Arteta's good books after falling out of favour under the Arsenal manager.

French midfielder Guendouzi was a favourite under old Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who thrust him straight into the team as a 19-year-old shortly after his arrival from Ligue 2 side Lorient in the summer of 2018.

But things have been a little rockier for him under Arteta.

The Paris Saint-Germain youth product was dropped from the squad following a breach of discipline at the Gunners' winter training camp last season, and then again for his behaviour in the defeat at Brighton shortly after football's restart in June.

He missed both the FA Cup final at the end of last season and the Community Shield at the beginning of this campaign, and was reportedly offered to both Atletico Madrid and Lyon in the Gunners' attempts to sign Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar respectively.

Both clubs rejected those offers, with Guendouzi left somewhat in limbo as he linked up with France's under-21s this week.

But having featured for them in Euro under-21 qualifiers against both Georgia and Azerbaijan in the last five days, he posted on Twitter that he was keen to get back to his club side.

Arteta, for his part, hasn't publicly criticised the 21-year-old, and said that the door remains open for him to return just prior to the Community Shield.

"I’ve been really clear that everybody starts from zero," said the Gunners boss.

"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.

"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."

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