Guendouzi’s telling response to David Luiz confrontation over Arsenal future

David Luiz has reportedly launched a personal plea to Matteo Guendouzi to apologise for his conduct and save his Arsenal career.

Guendouzi has fallen out of favour under new manager Mikel Arteta and trained alone for the last two weeks after their recent clash.

The relationship between the pair has hit the rocks again after Guendouzi clashed with Brighton players and grabbed Neal Maupay by the throat in their recent defeat.

The midfielder was reported to have told Arsenal chiefs he wanted to leave the club during an internal disciplinary hearing and it is now claimed David Luiz has tried to intervene.

According to France Football, experienced defender Luiz confronted Guendouzi about his actions and urged him to display more self control.

He also asked him to be more professional, but the plea fell on deaf ears with the midfielder reportedly backing his behaviour against Brighton by insisting he simply has a desire to protect his team-mates.

It is claimed a further meeting is scheduled for the end of the season to decide Guendouzi’s future at the end of the season, and only a change of attitude and apology could give him a future at the club.

Given he has snubbed the chance to do that so far despite a personal plea from Luiz, his future looks set to lie elsewhere with a chance he could be placed on the transfer list and sold.

His former Lorient boss, Bernard Casoni, has warned the 21-year-old he will never fulfil his potential in the game unless his attitude improves.

"Guendouzi's problem is not physical and is not technical," said Casoni in quotes reported by Mail Online.

"It's his attitude, it's not good for the team or the coach. My relationship with him wasn't very good.

"I picked him for a cup game against Nice but he got booked early on. The ref told me at half time to warn Guendouzi: one more foul and you're off, but in the second half nothing changed.

"I was left with no choice but to sub him off. When I did, he refused to shake my hand.

"He took his job seriously, his training was no problem, and his character is to always want to win.

"Sometimes when he talks it's good. But sometimes he talks badly. He talks too much.

"His talent isn't in question, that's not the issue. He can be a top, top player and I think he can still succeed abroad. It's up to him to change his attitude."

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