I will be touching on why I disagree with the Guendouzi loan to Hertha Berlin. Other topics covered include a question for Arséne Wenger you haven’t seen being asked yet and various thoughts on my problem with the Matteo Guendouzi loan.
Moving onto the first issue…
Arséne Wenger has released his new book, My Life in Red and White and has been making various media appearances in recent times. From a series of answered questions with The Guardian, to a fun appearance on The Graham Norton Show and many more interviews.
Yet despite all of this I have been feeling incredibly empty recently. Mainly caused by a certain question that unfortunately has not been asked or answered. What did Arséne Wenger do with his sword?
Dear reader, cast your mind back to 2016. In a certain pre-season friendly against Viking FK, Arséne Wenger was presented with the gift of a sword. And I’m wondering what did end up happening with Arsene Wenger’s sword? I feel as if I’m the only voice of reason here, the world has gone mad and I am the only one remaining to ask the important questions.
Sadly, this question will never be answered, unless Arséne Wenger himself is reading this (Hi Arséne!). What happened to the sword? Was it used to open letters, butter food, perhaps threaten noisy journalists who ask annoying questions? I just realised I fit into this category. We will never know. Nevertheless let’s turn to my disagreements with the Guendouzi loan, shall we?.
Due to the fact that Matteo Guendouzi has fallen out with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, the talented French midfielder has been subsequently axed from the current Arsenal squad. My real issues with the Guendouzi loan lie in the particular details of the loan. In my mind the loan to Hertha Berlin over other clubs interested in loaning Guendouzi, makes no sense.
To put it simply I don’t understand why Guendouzi was loaned to Hertha Berlin over Olympique de Marseille. Olympique de Marseille were seriously interested in loaning Matteo Guendouzi but Arsenal rejected the French side’s offer.
If loaned to Marseille Guendouzi would have been in a familiar environment in his home country. There wouldn’t be an adjustment period to a foreign country (as Guendouzi will surely experience in Germany). That means the on-loan midfielder could fully focus on football and get back to playing regularly at a high level.
Playing in France, for one of the top French sides would increase Guendouzi’s profile considerably, especially in France. If Arsenal were looking to sell the talented young midfielder a successful loan in France would result in a number of clubs being in for Guendouzi. A loan to Marseille would have been in Arsenal’s best interests.
This can be proven by the fact that Marseille are in the Champions League, on the other hand Hertha Berlin are not in any European competition. That means that if Matteo Guendouzi were loaned to Marseille, he would have appeared in the Champions League. A stage and platform which you cannot argue would increase his value and profile. For instance, helping him to develop as a player.
If Marseille advance to the knockout rounds of the Champions League or even finished third and dropped down into the Europa League they would be guaranteed eight European matches. More games for Guendouzi to have played in. Playing in France would increase the opportunity for Guendouzi making potential appearances in the French senior national team too.
Despite all the visible benefits of the potential loan, Arsenal decided to send Matteo Guendouzi out on loan to Hertha Berlin instead. Which don’t get me wrong, isn’t that bad of a loan. I personally believe a move to Marseille would be much more practical however.
I would genuinely love to know your thoughts on well, my thoughts! Feel free to comment below or you can even reach out to me on Twitter. Remember to stay tuned to Gunners Town for more from myself.
A young writer who dreams of seeing Arsenal back in the Champions League. Particularly interested in the psyche, mentality and mental health of players – their motivation, the harmful effects of social media, and how the football world affects them.