According to The Telegraph, Guendouzi and his manager had a ‘heated row’ during the Gunners’ recent winter break training camp in Dubai as the Spanish coach was unhappy with the midfielder’s attitude.
Arteta responded by dropping the 20-year-old for Sunday’s game at Emirates Stadium, the first time the France Under-21 international had not been involved in Premier League matchday squad this season.
Arsenal romped to a 4-0 win over Newcastle with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil, and Alexandre Lacazette all getting on the score sheet, thereby
Mikel Arteta on Guendouzi’s absence from the matchday squad against Newcastle: “The reason is that players who, in my opinion, are training better, behaving better & are more applied to deliver on the pitch what we want, are the players that are selected.” [beIN] #afc pic.twitter.com/ccD8wLot8R— afcstuff (@afcstuff) February 17, 2020
Guendouzi arrived as one of Unai Emery’s first signings at the Emirates and has shown promise during his short spell at the club so far. It does not look like there will be any official disciplinary action taken against Guendouzi for the incident, with his exclusion from the squad deemed as sufficient punishment.
This is not the first time Guendouzi has come across as hot-headed and immature.
The Gunners are next in action in Greece against Olympiacos in the Europa League round-of-32 on Thursday.