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The Bundesliga club coach assures that the midfielder still has a lot to learn about the professional game
Matteo Guendouzi is going through the “puberty” of football, according to Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai, who says the Arsenal loan has a “rebellious” streak.
Guendouzi is receiving a one-season loan from Hertha, having been exiled from Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal team after the lockout last season.
The Frenchman has been regularly criticized for his attitude since he joined the Gunners in 2018, and Dardai says he is still a bit far from the level of maturity required for a high-level footballer.
What was said?
Hertha’s head coach said Photography of Guendouzi’s continuous development: “It’s like puberty for him, he’s kind of a rebel. He has to work and learn like an animal.”
In Sunday’s 3-0 loss to RB Leipzig, Guendouzi was introduced as a substitute in the 68th minute and, three minutes later, fumbled inside his own box, leading to Leipzig’s second goal.
On this situation, Dardai said: “In training, I always stop this kind of duel because you can’t fall to the ground like that. And then he gets angry.”
How has Guendouzi acted for Hertha?
Guendouzi has been a regular in Hertha’s starting XI this season, with 17 appearances in all competitions to date.
The 21-year-old has provided two goals and one assist during that span, and received special praise from the club’s sporting director Arne Friedrich in December.
“He is a fantastic player,” Friedrich said. “We are very, very happy to have him here and he is worth every penny.”
Even though Guendouzi’s spell on Hertha has gone relatively well so far, it was reported that he was involved in a heated exchange with Matheus Cunha as the players worked their way into the second half of the 3-0 loss to Hoffenheim. January 19. .
The French Under-21 international has been prone to similar volatile outbursts at Arsenal, most notably during a Premier League clash with Brighton last June.
Guendouzi appeared to grab Neal Maupay by the neck after the Gunners’ 2-1 loss and reportedly bragged to the Brighton players about his career earnings at Emirates Stadium.
Before that, rumors of breakups with Sokratis and Edu had surfaced at a mid-season training camp, with Arteta ultimately deciding that the midfielder could be loaned out for the 2020-21 campaign.
Guendouzi will again compete for a spot in Dardai’s lineup when Hertha take on Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday.