Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has urged Matteo Guendouzi to shut his mouth until he’s a better player.
The French youngster initially looked a good prospect for the Gunners, but lost his place under Mikel Arteta before being farmed out on loan to Hertha Berlin.
Guendouzi has shone once again in the Bundesliga, but Petit is still unsure about his personality and doubts he’ll work his way back into Arteta’s plans after showing a poor attitude at points in his Arsenal career so far.
“I think things happened too quickly for Matteo Guendouzi at a time where he wasn’t strong enough mentally. He has a volcanic personality,” Petit said.
“He’s had arguments with referees, opponents, sometimes his own teammates, and I think this is something he has to control. If you want to reach the highest level and stay there, you have to control your emotions.
“When you can’t control your emotions, it’s very hard for your teammates to work with you, it’s hard for your fans to back you and it’s hard to keep out of the press limelight. But most importantly it’s hard for your manager to pick you.
“I remember he had a fight with Mikel Arteta and after that we didn’t see him again in an Arsenal shirt. You need to keep it in mind that at the end of the day you are just a player. Until you are the best player in the world, which you are not, you shut your mouth and keep working hard and respecting others.
“Is there a future there for him at Arsenal? It’s not too dissimilar to the situation with Granit Xhaka a few years ago when he threw his shirt on the floor and fans turned against him. We thought his career at Arsenal was over but after a while he worked his way back into the team and fans forgave him. And he’s done well since he returned.
“You have the right to make mistakes, especially when you’re young. But that means you also have the right to a second chance, but you then have the obligation to learn from your mistakes.
“I wouldn’t mind seeing him back at Arsenal but I don’t think Arteta wants him back, and that’s the main problem.”
Arsenal surely need to make changes to their squad this summer and that might mean cashing in on loaned-out players like Guendouzi, as well as Lucas Torreira, Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Petit was speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Crystal Palace vs Chelsea.