“Guendouzi goes through football puberty” – Arsenal’s loan has a “rebel” streak, says boss Herthe Dardai

The coach of the Bundesliga club says that the midfielder still has a lot to learn about the professional game

Matteo Guendouzi is going through football “puberty”, according to the words of the coach of Hertha from Berlin, Pal Dardai, who says that the loan of Arsenal had a “rebel” series.

Guendouzi is currently taking a season loan at Hertha, as he was expelled from Arsenal last season by Mikel Arteta after a lockout.

The Frenchman has been regularly criticized for his stance since joining the Gunners in 2018, and Dardai says he is still far from the required level of maturity for a top footballer.

What was said?

Head coach Herthe said Picture Guendouzi’s constant development: “It’s like puberty to him, he’s kind of a rebel. He has to work and learn like an animal.”

In Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to RB Leipzig, Guendouzi was introduced as a substitute in the 68th minute and, three minutes later, lost the ball in his own box, leading to Leipzig’s second goal.

Regarding this situation, Dardai said, “I always stop duels like this in training because you can’t fall to the ground like this. And then he’s crazy.”

How did Guendouzi perform for Hertha?

Guendouzi is a regular member of Hertha starting from XI this season, taking 17 appearances in all competitions to date.

The 21-year-old provided two goals and one assist in that period, and in December earned special praise from club sporting director Arne Friedrich.

“He’s a fantastic player,” Friedrich said. “We’re very, very happy to have him here and he’s worth every penny.”

Guendouzi’s temper

Despite the fact that Guendouzi’s spell in Hertha has gone relatively smoothly so far, it was announced that he was involved in a fierce exchange with Matheus Cunh as the players drew in the second half of the 3-0 defeat by Hoffenheim on 19 January.

The French under-21 international is prone to similar erratic outbursts at Arsenal, especially during the Premier League clash with Brighton last June.

Guendouzi seemed to grab Neal Maupay by the throat after the Gunners ’2-1 defeat, and reportedly bragged to the Brighton players about earning in the Emirates.

Rumors of interruptions with Socrates and Edu in mid-season training surfaced before that, while Arteta eventually decided the midfielder could go on loan for the 2020-21 campaign.

What’s next?

Guendouzi will return to compete for a spot in Dardai’s lineup when Hertha play against Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday.

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