Matteo Guendouzi takes aim at Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta after summer loan exit

Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi has taken aim at Mikel Arteta over his summer Emirates exit.

The hot-headed midfielder was ousted by the Gunners boss last month due to his lack of professionalism.

Guendouzi's last game in an Arsenal shirt saw him clash with Brighton striker Neal Maupay, grabbing his fellow countryman by the throat at the final whistle.

And the Frenchman was moved on to Hertha Berlin on loan before deadline day this month.

But the 21-year-old blames his demise and subsequent exit on the fact he played significantly less under Arteta than predecessor Unai Emery.

"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."

But, speaking after captaining France's Under-21s to a 5-0 win over Liechtenstein last month, Guendouzi said his time at Arsenal is not at an end.

"It is not that, I just really needed to play this year, a new challenge," he told reporters.

"That was the most important thing for me. I am still young, I am only 21, so playing time was the top priority for me.

"So Hertha Berlin, I know that I will be able to express myself in a magnificent league.

"They are a very good club with big ambitions. So, I have left to go on loan there for a year, so I will give everything I can for this club.

"I needed playing time, I need to play, I needed to enjoy myself on the pitch and that is what I am going to do this year."

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