Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has thrown a lifeline to Matteo Guendouzi regarding his future at the club by insisting ‘bumps’ are inevitable in any professional career.
The Frenchman was dropped from Arsenal’s squad for their 2-0 win over Southampton last weekend after Guendouzi grabbed Brighton forward Neal Maupay by the throat in a 2-1 defeat the previous weekend.
Matteo escaped a ban for his actions but it is another incident in a growing list of misdemeanours that have angered Mikel.
That’s led to speculation that Matteo could leave the club this summer with reports stating that Arteta is ready to cash in on the Frenchman.
However, Mikel appears to extended an olive branch to Matteo by reminding him of the qualities that convinced the board to sign him and insisting that no player’s career is entirely smooth.
‘When Arsenal picked him to come here it because of the qualities he has. When you’re developing you have some bumps like any other players.’ said Mikel.
After back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Brighton, Arsenal have recorded consecutive wins over Southampton and Sheffield United.
The north Londoners are outsiders to finish in UEFA Champions League places but the head coach is refusing to give up and wants UEFA Europa League spot at a minimum.
In other news, Arsenal have handed boost as Manchester United are allegedly hoping to part ways with Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira should they seal a deal for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish this summer.
Lingard, who is understood to be valued at £20m by the Red Devils, is supposedly a transfer target for the north London outfit.