Matteo Guendouzi has made his first appearance since Hertha Berlin’s reported transfer decision.
The Arsenal midfielder is spending the season on loan at the Bundesliga outfit, but his chances of earning a permanent deal this summer appear very slim.
This is according to reports in BILD that emerged last week as they state that Hertha have opted against attempting to sign Guendouzi, thus meaning he is set for a return to north London when the campaign ends.
Furthermore, the report states the 21-year-old is ‘conspicuous’ for his ‘theatrical appearances’ which club are unimpressed with which may be a reason for the transfer decision.
Despite all the speculation surrounding his future in recent days, Guendouzi was named in the Hertha Berlin starting XI for their league game at home to Bayer Leverkusen.
And as spotted by Gunners fans on Reddit, he recorded an assist in a 3-0 win for the hosts.
But whether Guendouzi knew about his pass to Jhon Cordoba is something that has been debated by a couple of supporters.
LackingSimplicity said: “Incredible assist from my boy there.”
photo_synthesizer said: “Assist” is quite generous.”
Steve_R98Ødegaard said: “Strong Welbeck vibes from this assist.”
Hertha reportedly not wanting to sign Guendouzi could represent an unwanted problem for Arsenal.
Funds are expected to be limited at the Emirates Stadium once again this summer, technical director Edu will have to get creative in order to bolster Mikel Arteta ‘s first-team squad ahead of next season.
With that in mind, Guendouzi was expected to be among several players the Brazilian can look to sell in order to raise funds.
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But if Hertha are not a possible destination for the Frenchman, then the Gunners will have to look elsewhere for a buyer.
Interestingly, when asked by France Football if his Arsenal career is over, Guendouzi said: “No, not at all. Now, I am focused on my season with Hertha Berlin.
“Next, we will have a sit down with my entourage and people at the club to think and discuss the future. I am still an Arsenal player. This summer will be a decisive moment.”