With the transfer window deadline about to arrive tomorrow, time is running out for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal to make the moves necessary to bolster the squad. While the incoming player news has all but dried up, several players are set to depart the Emirates by tomorrow, including Sead Kolasinac to Bayer Leverkusen and Lucas Torreira to Atletico Madrid. According to reports today by the Mirror’s John Cross, it appears that Matteo Guendouzi will join that list, as the French midfielder is prepared to join Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin on loan.
Matteo Guendouzi set for deadline-day exit as Arsenal prepare to offload our-of-favour midfielder https://t.co/E9aeCm8q7r— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) October 4, 2020
According to the report, Hertha Berlin will not be paying a loan fee but will be covering his wages. There is no option to buy included in the loan.
Guendouzi has been linked to a few other teams already during the transfer window, including Ligue 1’s Marseille, Villarreal from La Liga, and Seria A’s Roma. Clearly Arteta has been doing all he can to offload the midfielder, and it appears he is prepared to settle on an 11th hour loan deal.
This move is one that can finally put a little bit of closure on the Matteo Guendouzi saga for the time being. Ever since his bust-up with Brighton’s Neil Maupay following Arsenal’s June loss last season, he has been in Mikel Arteta’s doghouse and has wasted away on the bench, eating up space and wages while apparently failing to make amends for his previous transgressions.
For all of his immaturity and petulance, Guendo is a bright young talent who has a high ceiling who would be finding plenty of time in Arsenal’s midfield. A loan move is a smart one, in that Matteo can get first team minutes and drive up his value. If he comes good during the loan and can mend his relationship with Arteta, he might work his way back into Arsenal’s lineup. If not, then he will at least have hopefully gained some more market value ahead of a transfer.
Stay tuned for the deadline day fireworks tomorrow.