Matteo Guendouzi aims cheeky dig at Arsenal in first press conference after Marseille transfer

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has set himself the target of helping Marseille win the UEFA Champions League, as well as aiming a subtle dig at Arsenal for the fact they are yet to win it.

The former FC Lorient man, who spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at German outfit Hertha Berlin, has joined Marseille on loan for the duration of the forthcoming season, but the Ligue 1 club have the option to make the deal a permanent one at the end of it.

And judging by Guendouzi setting out his ambitions of winning Ligue 1 titles and the Champions League, it is clear that he has no plans to return to the Emirates Stadium once his initial loan deal comes to an end next summer.

“I came here for the long-haul. I’m thinking about a long-term future, I want to make my mark in this project, help the club play the Champions League and win titles,” said Guendouzi, as quoted by RMC Sport.

“It’s true that I arrived at Arsenal very young, but I played more than 80 games in two seasons. I’m happy with what I was able to do over there. Now, I’ve come to Marseille to continue to progress.

“They have already won the Champions League. That is not the case for everyone. There are many who would like to have had it.

“It gives me immense pride to be here and I am going to represent the club’s colours to the best of my ability.”

As well as revealing that he has grand ambitions to spark his career into life in the south of France, he has revealed exactly why he felt joining Marseille was a suitable move for him.

“OM is a historic club, one of the biggest in Europe,” Guendouzi added. “I was really drawn to the project from my discussions with the president and coach [Jorge] Sampaoli.

“I felt the confidence of their party. We immediately talked about football, we had a good feeling. I sincerely thank Pablo Longoria, he did a lot for me to come here.”

Joining Arsenal back in 2018, following the appointment of Unai Emery, the Frenchman was a first-team regular in his debut season at the Emirates Stadium, racking up an impressive 48 appearances in all competitions.

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The following campaign, which resulted in Emery being sacked before the midway point of the season had been reached, Guendouzi played slightly less, making a total of 34 appearances across all competitions.

However, his final appearance in an Arsenal shirt came in June last year during a 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium. Guendouzi, that day, grabbed Seagulls striker and fellow countryman Neal Maupay by the throat and after that, he fell out-of-favour under Arteta.

As outlined above, he spent the 2020/21 campaign in Germany at Berlin, where he made a total of 24 Bundesliga appearances, scoring two goals.

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