Matteo Guendouzi was attacked by Berlin’s Hertha manager Pal Dardai, who claimed Arsenal’s loan was “rebellious” and compared his stance to his teenage experience in puberty. The 22-year-old was temporarily sent off at the start of the season amid a publicly announced quarrel with gunner boss Mikel Artet, who was avoiding the midfielder from first team jobs after expressing concern over his discipline.
Guendouzi’s problems in north London began towards the end of last season, when he scoffed at Brighton and Hove Albion players over their salaries and grabbed striker Neal Maupay by the throat during a 2-1 defeat at Amex Stadium.
His actions angered Arteta and his coaching staff, and their relationship eventually deteriorated to the point that he was considered redundant and temporarily sent to Germany.
Guendouzi started well at Hertha at first, impressing with the quality of the ball and his determination to get it back when he was out of possession, but he is starting to test Dardai’s patience who seems to cultivate his own concerns about the Frenchman’s stance.
The 44-year-old started a damn attack on his borrowed midfielder, suggesting that the mental appearance of the player is closer to a moody teenager than a top professional footballer.
“It’s like puberty for him, he’s rebellious,” Dardai told Bild.
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Guendouzi found himself under fire from fans and critics during Hertha’s defeat by RB Leipzig on Sunday, after a moment he forgot during the second half.
He lost possession in a critical position deep in his own penalty area, before falling to the floor and claiming he should have been awarded a free kick for the offense.
Dardai continued, stating that the dirty side of Guendouzi’s game should be cut as soon as possible.
Hertha’s manager also explained that he uses educational methods on the training ground to get the best out of his man who needs firm love to fulfill his potential.
“He has to work and learn like an animal,” Dardai added. “I always stop duels like this in training because you can’t fall to the ground like this. And then he’s crazy.”
Hertha endure a steep streak of eight league games without a win, with the last win coming in early January against lower club Schalke.
The club is tightly involved in the remnants of relegation from the Bundesliga, tied in points with 16th-placed Arminia Bielefeld and just one point outside the relegation zone.
It remains unclear whether Guendouzi will have a future at Arsenal upon his return in the summer, and his current contract should run until the end of next season.
He was signed from Lorient in July 2018 for a reported fee of around £ 8 million and has since played 82 times for the North London club.
The midfielder revealed in November that he was struggling to enjoy his football at Arsenal after deteriorating relations with Arte, claiming he was “hurt” by Spain’s decision to keep him away.
“I had to have fun on the field, regain my self-confidence and Hertha offers me that, I really made that choice,” Guendouzi told Telefoot.
“In the space of two seasons, I’ve played more than 80 games with Arsenal. When you play less, you start thinking and it hurts.”