Matteo Guendouzi insists Arsenal career is far from being over despite being frozen out by Mikel Arteta.
The 21-year-old Frenchman left the Emirates Stadium on transfer deadline day to join Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.
Guendouzi showed promises of a great talent having impressed at Arsenal following his move from Lorient I’m 2018 but has not featured for the Gunners this season.
Since his altercation on June 20 with Brighton striker Neal Maupay after Arsenal had lost to them, Guendouzi has not kicked a ball under Mikel Arteta.
Arteta made Guendouzi work with a trainer away from the first team for two weeks after he had shown no willingness to apologise.
Guendouzi was left out of Arsenal’s squad to play against Newcastle in February due to his behaviour at a training camp in Dubai. The Gunners however won that game by 4-0.
He made a deadline move to join the Bundesliga side Hertha and speaking after featuring in France’s U21 game against Liechtenstein where they won 5-0, Guendouzi said when asked if his time at Arsenal was over:
“It’s not that, I really needed to play this year, a new challenge,” he told reporters.
“That was the most important thing for me. I’m still young, I’m only 21, so playing time was the top priority for me.
“So Hertha Berlin, I know that I’ll be able to express myself in a magnificent league . They’re a very good club with big ambitions.
“So I have left to go on loan there for a year so I can do everything I can for this club. I need playing time, I need to play, I need to enjoy myself on the pitch, and that is what I’m going to do this year.”