‘We’d be much better’ – Arsenal fans think 23-year-old star shipped from Emirates ‘could have been useful’ after loss to Southampton

Arsenal fans have expressed their dismay at the absence of Matteo Guendouzi following their 1-0 loss to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday. The Frenchman is currently on loan at Marseille in Ligue 1.

Jan Bednarek’s 44th-minute strike was enough to sink the Gunners, who lost for the third game in a row. It was another setback in their Champions League push as Manchester United moved up to fifth after their own victory over Norwich City.

The Gunners held 75% of the ball, made three times as many passes and took twice as many shots as Southampton.

Arsenal failed to capitalize on Tottenham’s slip-up after facing a 1-0 loss to Southampton 😓 The Top 4 race is still wide open!

But their inability to find the net was nonetheless frustrating for Mikel Arteta, who fell short of his ambition to get the club back into the top four once again.

Arsenal were not without chances here, but Southampton keeper Fraser Forster made a series of second-half saves to protect his side’s lead. With derby rivals Tottenham Hotspur slipping earlier in the day against Brighton, who also beat Arsenal last weekend, it was a chance for the latter to take advantage.

Arsenal fans yearn to reunite with their midfielder

After the defeat, many Arsenal fans took to social media to express their desire for Matteo Guendouzi, who is currently turning heads at Marseille on loan.

The Frenchman, who first impressed with the Emirates outfit, became a distant figure later on, witnessing a decline following Unai Emery’s departure. He also failed to impress on loan at Hertha Berlin last season, but appears to have returned to his best form on his return to Ligue 1.

In 47 games for Marseille this season, the 23-year-old has scored four times and made 14 assists in all competitions, including three goals and eight assists in the league. Fans were already in awe of him, and after Albert Lokonga’s lackluster performance in today’s Southampton defeat, the Emirates faithful want Guendouzi back in the fold more than ever.

Lokonga, signed from Anderlecht last summer, made poor distributions and also showed no urgency to keep the Saints off the ball, chasing shadows for much of the game.

Fans were certainly unimpressed and made their feelings known. Here are some of the best reactions on Twitter:

Can’t believe we got rid of guendouzi for this Lokonga jareer

We would be better off with our loans. I stick with that. Ainsley Torreira Guendouzi Saliba

@VipArsenal Guendouzi could have been useful at this time.

I will bring back Guendouzi and Torreira any day of the week rn

Lokonga is not half the player Guendouzi is.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, I miss Guendouzi 😭😭😭😭😭😖😖😖😖

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