Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi reveals he will ‘remain a Gunner’ despite links with Marseille loan transfer
ARSENAL outcast Matteo Guendouzi has vowed to 'remain a Gunner no matter what' amid links with a move to Marseille.
The Frenchman also revealed he is 'concerned' at Arsenal's 'failure' last season.
Guendouzi, 22, spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Hertha Berlin after falling out with boss Mikel Arteta.
He hasn't featured for the Gunners since the 2-1 defeat against Brighton in June 2020 where he grabbed Neal Maupay's throat.
He then is said to have clashed with Arteta during a training camp in Dubai, with David Luiz then telling the youngster to 'grow up'.
With just one year left on his contract at the Emirates, Arsenal are understood to be keen to offload the midfielder to avoid losing him on a free transfer.
Guendouzi is believed to have already agreed personal terms with Marseille as he looks to head back to his native country after departing Lorient in 2018.
And although he didn't rule out a move away when asked by Bild, the midfielder hardly pledged his future to the Gunners.
He said: "I’m under contract with Arsenal and we have mutual obligations.
"There is interest from clubs from different leagues. Right now I’m 100 per cent focused on my recovery.
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"In due time, I will decide with my advisors and my father which direction we are going."
Guendouzi also expressed worry at Arsenal's form in his absence as the Gunners only finished eighth last season.
But he also admitted the Emirates outfit will always have a place in his heart.
He added: "To see that the club failed to qualify for a European competition for the first time in 25 years hurts deeply.
"That takes a lot of emotions to me. Arsenal are a big club in Europe that deserve to be in the Champions League every year.
"That's normal for me, an institution like this deserves only the best. Arsenal must return to where it belongs.
"I don’t know the reasons for the failure because I wasn’t there last season.
"But I’m concerned about the club’s situation because Arsenal deserve great things.
"I am a Gunner from the bottom of my heart and will remain so, no matter what."
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