Mikel Arteta denies Matteo Guendouzi omission was due to questions over attitude


The midfielder was associated with a fight at the end of Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton.

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta insists he did not axe Matteo Guendouzi from the squad at Southampton to send the player a message following his current shenanigans.

The Gunners went out 2-0 winners against 10- man Saints as goals from Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock made Arteta’s side their first points considering that the Premier League season resumed.

Guendouzi was obvious by his lack from the 20 Arsenal players who made the journey to St Mary’s.

Arteta firmly insisted Guendouzi’s lack was not a penalty (Andrew Matthews/PA)

The 21- year-old midfielder remarkably left a Football Association charge having actually gotten Neal Maupay by the throat at the full- time whistle in Saturday’s defeat at Brighton.

However, in spite of his reprieve, Arteta chose not to take Guendouzi to the south coast– although he rejected it was anything aside from squad rotation.

“No (it wasn’t punishment for Brighton). It was squad management,” he stated.

” I do not like to make any choices to send messages. The messages that I send to the team or separately are very open and I’m clear with how I feel.

“Winning is the most important thing and when you win, everything is fine. Whatever issue we have internally, I will resolve it in a private way. I explained that I cannot explain and that’s it.”

Maupay had actually struck a last-gasp winner for the Seagulls as Arsenal lost their second game back having actually been topped at Manchester City 3 days previously.

Arteta, who got his first Premier League away win as head coach, confessed his players were left injuring after Brighton’s return win last time out.

“We had two very difficult weeks with a lot of things that happened to us,” he added.

” I was worried since after the defeat at Brighton where we tossed the game away, it truly touched the team.

Eddie Nketiah was on target for Arsenal (Mike Hewitt/NMC Swimming Pool)

” Self-confidence is whatever in this game and we have to raise them up, however I might see the other day that the response was truly favorable and they were truly at it.

“We just demanded for them to play together, to enjoy competing with each other and defending each other as much as possible – then we would be fine. It was an important win for us.”

Both of Arsenal’s goals came thanks to mistakes from Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

The England international struck a clearance directly at the onrushing Nketiah, enabling the striker to open the scoring with a 20 th-minute tap-in.

Then, following a red card for Jack Stephens after he fouled Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, McCarthy might just fumble an Alexandre Lacazette shot into the course of Willock, who concluded the win.

Joe Willock scored Arsenal’s second (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Inquired about the errors, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl responded: “What can I state?

” We understand we play a bit more in possession now, taking the goalkeeper in theplay Often some things he has to enhance.

“This decision making in the moments on when to play the ball short and when to play it long – we are working on this.”

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