Matteo Guendouzi’s former manager believes the Arsenal bad boy’s ‘attitude’ creates problems for the rest of the team.
Guendouzi has been cast out of first-team training at the north London side after clear the air talks with his manager Mikel Arteta failed to reach a satisfactory conclusion.
The French midfielder is out of favour after arguing with Brighton players at the end of their clash, making comments about their relative pay packets.
He is expected to leave the Emirates in the summer, with Arteta happy to sell him to another side.
Now one of his first managers, Bernard Casoni, has explained the problems he faced when he was in charge of him at Lorient between 2016 and 2017.
Speaking this week, Casoni said: ‘Guendouzi’s problem is not physical and is not technical. 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’.
Casoni did admit that there were to be no doubts over Guendouzi’s talent as a player.
But he did suggest that the 21-year-old would struggle to be a ‘top, top player’ unless he changed his attitude on the pitch.
He continued: ‘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.’