Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants a reunion with former player Matteo Guendouzi in his new post at Villarreal, reports say.
The Frenchman has been frozen out of the roster since he grabbed compatriot Neal Maupay by the neck after the 2-1 defeat to Brighton on June 20.
Manager Mikel Arteta even reportedly made the 21-year-old ace train alone, apart from the rest of his team-mates, and he’s now facing an uncertain future at the club.
Interest in the player has been ramping up with the opening of the summer transfer market and Foot Mercato claim Emery – who was recently appointed Villarreal head coach – wants Guendouzi to join him at the Spanish side.
Emery was at the helm when the Frenchman was recruited from French Ligue 2 side Lorient in 2018 and the ex-Arsenal boss utilised him a lot over his 18-month stint at the Emirates.
The report claims that Guendouzi is Emery’s priority signing for this transfer window.
Discussions over a loan switch with an option to buy have begun, while Barcelona are also said to be interested in the midfielder.
Guendouzi would likely have the benefit of more playing time at Villarreal over Barca, which could be more of an appeal.
In spite of his and Mesut Ozil’s lack of involvement in the latter stages of the campaign, missing out completely on Arsenal’s FA Cup final win against Chelsea, Mikel Arteta insisted that both stars are a part of the squad’s success.
‘They’re all part of it,’ said Mikel after the 2-1 win over Chelsea.
‘We don’t have here Matteo and Mesut but they’re a big part of it because they all contributed in here.
‘They all should be a big part of it. All of them contributed to this trophy.’