Matteo Guendouzi calls Arsenal departure his ‘best choice for many years’ after sealing £9m permanent move to Marseille


Matteo Guendouzi has made his Marseille permanent, joining the Ligue 1 side in a £9million transfer.

The midfielder left Arsenal for Marseille last summer, initially on loan and called the move ‘his best choice for many years’.

Guendouzi showed signs of star potential at Arsenal, but nothing like his performances in France
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Matteo Guendouzi calls Arsenal departure his 'best choice for many years' after sealing £9m permanent move to Marseille
He was much happier in France
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Guendouzi arrived at Arsenal from Lorient in 2018 but some erratic performances have cast doubt on his Premier League career.

He was let go by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta in July 2020 after a headline-grabbing altercation with Brighton striker Neal Maupay.

Reports claimed that Arteta had issues with the midfielder’s ‘attitude and general demeanor’ after a number of spells on the pitch, but Guendouzi has found new life in France.

He has four goals and eight assists for the French giants, earning him a first-ever call-up to Didier Deschamps’ national side in November last year.

Guendouzi explained the move by calling his decision to leave Arsenal one of his best choices.

“It was a well-considered choice,” he told RMC.


Matteo Guendouzi calls Arsenal departure his 'best choice for many years' after sealing £9m permanent move to Marseille
Guendouzi’s future at Arsenal was thrown into doubt when he lost his temper with Maupay
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Matteo Guendouzi calls Arsenal departure his 'best choice for many years' after sealing £9m permanent move to Marseille
And he is now a full French international
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“There were very good discussions with the president, with the coach and people in my family.

“We really made the best decision all together. For me, it’s the best choice I’ve made in many years.

“I am very happy and very fulfilled. President [Pablo] Longoria and coach [Jorge] Sampaoli are the people who introduced me to the project and made me want to come.

“We talked about the OM project, what I could bring to the team, how I was going to be able to grow. I found myself in these words, I knew that by coming here I was going to cross levels and continue to grow, whether humanly or footballingly.

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