Matteo Guendouzi in less than subtle dig at Arsenal fans: ‘Incomparable…’

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Ex-Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi has today opened up on the remarkable atmosphere created by the supporters of new club Marseille, throwing shade at the Gunners in the process.

Marseille switch

Speculation surrounding the future of French midfielder Guendouzi of course took centre stage in the media earlier this summer.

The once so highly rated youngster spent last season out on loan away from North London, after facing the wrath of Mikel Arteta on the back of some altogether questionable behaviour during a Premier League meeting with Brighton.

The ex-Lorient man went on to enjoy something of a hit-and-miss spell in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin, thoroughly impressing over stretches, but ultimately succumbing to a combination of competition for places and fitness woes.

In turn, upon his stint in the German capital coming to a close, it came as little surprise to hear that Guendouzi had failed to convince Arteta and co. of his credentials as a potential contributor at the Emirates this season.

A permanent return to his home country with Marseille was therefore widely touted, with such a move having subsequently come to fruition early last month.

The 22-year-old linked up with OM on a one-year loan deal, featuring an option to buy next summer:

‘Totally different’

Guendouzi’s eventual departure from the Emirates, of course, came amid something of a tense atmosphere back in North London.

Many of an Arsenal persuasion remain of the opinion that their now ex-midfielder should have gone on to play a starring role for the club for years to come, with the meagre £10 million expected to be secured from Marseille not at all reflective of Guendouzi’s abilities as a player.

As outlined above, however, those Gunners supporters who have continued to back the midfielder at the expense of their club may today be forced into something of a change of heart.

Matteo Guendouzi

Arsenal’s French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi celebrates after Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang latched onto Guendouzi’s pass to score their second goal to equalise 2-2 during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 1, 2019 (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

This comes with Guendouzi, whether intentionally or not, having aimed something of a dig in the direction of the Emirates faithful.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Marseille’s latest outing this weekend, the youngster was drawn on the remarkable atmosphere created at his new home, the Stade Velodrome.

And, in the process, Guendouzi couldn’t help but highlight the oft-criticised noise levels drummed up during home games on the red half of North London, explaining:

‘The Marseille fans are incomparable. At Arsenal, there’s a big stadium, but it’s totally different. The best atmosphere is here.’

‘It’s incredible to play in front of a crowd like this… it really lifts the players.’

 

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