Matteo Guendouzi tells Arsenal board he wants to leave during meeting

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi was told by Neal Maupay that he needed to learn humility (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are also understood to be open to selling Guendouzi, but the Gunners will demand at least €40 million (£36m) for the 21-year-old.When asked about the decision to drop Guendouzi after Arsenal beat Southampton, Arteta insisted that the move was not because he wanted to send a warning to the rest of the squad.‘I don’t like to make any decisions to send messages,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘The messages that I send to the team or individually are very open and I’m clear with how I feel. Winning is the most important thing and when you win, everything is fine.‘It was squad management. Whatever issue we have internally, I will resolve it in a private way. I explained that I cannot explain and that’s it.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Matteo Guendouzi tells Arsenal board he wants to leave during meeting Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 26 Jun 2020 9:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.8kSharescenter_img Advertisement Matteo Guendouzi grabbed Neal Maupay by the throat after Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton (BT Sport)And according to L’Equipe, Guendouzi has now informed Arsenal that he would be willing to leave the club at the end of the season.The report claims that Guendouzi does not have a bad relationship with Arteta but the French midfielder is struggling to accept playing fewer minutes than he did during Unai Emery’s reign.Out of Arteta’s 18 games in charge of Arsenal so far, Guendouzi has been given just eight starts, with only four of those being in the Premier League.Under Emery this season, Guendouzi had started every Premier League game before the Spaniard was sacked at the end of November. Matteo Guendouzi has reportedly told Arsenal he is willing to leave the club (AMA/Getty Images)Matteo Guendouzi has told Arsenal’s hierarchy that he is open to leaving the club this summer during a disciplinary meeting this week, according to reports in France.The 21-year-old was forced to answer to Arsenal’s board following his clash with Neal Maupay during the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Brighton last Saturday.Guendouzi is understood to have called Brighton’s players ‘s***’ during the match, while he is also said to have told his opponents that he earns ‘more than they ever will’.Maupay, who had his throat grabbed by Guendouzi at the full-time whistle, said after the game that the Arsenal midfielder ‘needs to learn what humility is’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGuendouzi was subsequently dropped from the squad by Mikel Arteta for Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton on Thursday evening.last_img read more

2020 Dodgers spring training preview: infield

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img As the Dodgers head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 14, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster by position groups. Today, the infield. (Previously, the rotation, the bullpen and the catchers):2019 RECAPCorey Seager returned from Tommy John and hip surgeries to start 125 games at shortstop. He tied for the league lead with 44 doubles and his other offensive numbers – a .272 batting average, 19 home runs and an .817 OPS – approached his pre-surgery production. Max Muncy had a terrific follow-up to his revelatory 2018 season, finishing behind only Cody Bellinger on the team in home runs (35), RBIs (98), on-base percentage (.374) and OPS (.889) and becoming a central figure in the Dodgers’ lineup while splitting time between first, second and third base (giving the Dodgers flexibility to start veteran David Freese at first base against left-handed pitching). Limited by a fractured wrist at the start of the 2018 season, third baseman Justin Turner had a largely healthy season in 2019 and appeared in 135 games, his highest total since 2016. Though his defensive metrics have declined the past two years, Turner’s offensive production and clubhouse leadership remain critical to the Dodgers. He hit .290 with an .881 OPS last year and matched his career-high with 27 home runs. Bellinger’s MVP season was spent primarily in the outfield.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWThe Dodgers flirted with a significant makeover this winter. But Francisco Lindor remains a Cleveland Indian and Seager is still the Dodgers’ incumbent at shortstop. After tearing up Triple-A pitching last summer, Gavin Lux made his big-league debut in September and showed the Dodgers enough that including him in a trade for Lindor (or perhaps Boston outfielder Mookie Betts) was a deal-breaker. Instead, pencil Lux in as the Dodgers’ primary second baseman in 2020 with Muncy likely to see more time at first base than second. The Dodgers also briefly pursued free-agent third baseman Anthony Rendon and approached Turner about a possible position switch from third to first. That doesn’t look necessary now.THE NEXT LAYERUtilitymen Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez return as the first line of defense should any of the front-line infielders get injured. With Freese having retired, Tyler White could emerge as a right-handed alternative at first base. Edwin Rios saw major-league time last season and showed some of his offensive upside with a .277 average and four home runs in 47 at-bats. Zach McKinstry was added to the 40-man roster this winter after hitting .382 in a brief stint in Triple-A. He fits the Dodgers’ fondness for multi-position players and could see big-league time at some point this year. With Lux graduating to the majors, Jeter Downs ranks as the Dodgers’ top infield prospect. The 21-year-old should reach Triple-A this year. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco MOVE THEY COULD MAKESeager’s aggressive approach at the plate goes against the grain of a Dodgers’ lineup that focuses on extending at-bats and running up pitch counts. His 3.53 pitches per plate appearance was the lowest among Dodgers regulars last season. That could explain the Dodgers’ openness to trading the 25-year-old two years before he reaches free agency. Turner is entering the final year of his contract so a move across the diamond is still possible if a midseason addition makes it necessary. But with the Lindor speculation cooled, the Dodgers’ infield mix is likely set for now.Related Articleslast_img read more