Matteo Guendouzi may yet have a future at Arsenal after all.
The 22-year-old arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Lorient in the summer of 2018, and quickly established himself as a key player under Unai Emery in his first season at the club.
And soon into his second year, Guendouzi was one of few players to emerge with any credit following a slow start to the 2019/20 season which saw the Spaniard sacked in November.
However, the change of manager has not helped the midfielder as he found himself frozen out by Mikel Arteta towards the end of the aforementioned campaign after he clashed with compatriot Neal Maupay during a 2-1 loss to Brighton in June 2020.
As a result, he was loaned out to Hertha Berlin last season and is spending the 2021/22 campaign back in France with Marseille.
Guendouzi has not been too far away from the headlines this season, whether it be for positive or negative reasons, as he’s captained the Ligue 1 side whilst also confronting his own teammates on the pitch.
Furthermore, he tasted success on the international stage last weekend as France beat Spain 2-1 to lift the UEFA Nations League.
Considering Guendouzi’s loan spell is going so well that he was rewarded with a call-up to Les Bleus’ senior squad, Arteta was asked about the possibility of the midfielder salvaging his Arsenal career.
To which the Spaniard had a rather interesting response.
“For right now, he’s gone for the season. I think he’s having a really good spell at Marseille, and it’s part of the plan we made with him,” Arteta said during his pre-Crystal Palace press conference.
“He’s continued with his development and we’ll make a decision at the end of the year.”
Then when asked if Guendouzi has played his last game for the club, Arteta didn’t exactly rule it out.
“I think you cannot say that about a player that is owned by the club,” he added.
Given many have been under the impression that Guendouzi would never play for Arsenal again whilst Arteta is in charge, could this be the beginning of a surprise U-turn from the Spanish tactician?
Interestingly, as previously reported by Sport Witness, Marseille can sign Guendouzi for just €11million (£9.4million) at the end of the season as part of their option to buy agreement.
But if Arteta is planning for a future with the midfielder, then Arsenal risk missing out on that potential windfall next summer.