Matteo Guendouzi

Guendouzi is talented, but is annoying on a daily basis, says former coach

Mickael Landreau was in charge of the Frenchman during his spell at Lorient, and says the player can be complicated to work with

2:17pm on Thursday 19th November 2020
Martin Macdonald

Matteo Guendouzi is a "pain on a daily basis" to work with, according to his former boss Mickael Landreau.

The 21-year-old was with Lorient as a youth player before making his debut in 2016. His time at the club would overlap with Landreau's tenure in charge, as the former Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper was head coach between 2017 and 2019.

They spent a season together before Guendouzi moved to Arsenal.

Despite impressing on occasion at the Emirates with his tenacity in midfield, he was eventually shipped out on loan to Hertha for the 2020/21 campaign, with reports emerging of a poor attitude and a clash with manager Mikel Arteta.

Landreau admits he can he difficult to deal with, though did praise his talent.

"He annoyed me terribly, he is very complicated to manage," he told Canal+.

"He sometimes has some behaviours within a group that are very, very hard, but somehow, that's what he is, a big character.

"He doesn't let go, he is a fighter. He has an oversized ego, but he certainly needs it. I think he needs to be in the spotlight, to be a leader. He needs to be a captain or vice-captain, and he will try to make the most of it.

21 yrs - DM, M (C) - Hertha BSC
JavaScript chart by amChartsLDefendingCreativePassingAttackingShootingDecisiveAerialsPhysical10-10-5051015100%
Played matches
Tackles P90
Aerials P90
Shots P90
Interceptions P90
Successful passing %
Final third passes P90

"That's the way he is, and that means that his teammates have to accept him the way he is, because he's a pain on a daily basis. He's a pain on a daily basis, but on the other hand, he's talented."

Things came to a head for Guendouzi after the Premier League returned after lockdown during a match between Arsenal and Brighton.

After becoming involved in a tussle with Neal Maupay, he allegedly made disparaging remarks to several Brighton players with regards to their level of wages compared to his own.

Latest news


La Liga Table: Real Sociedad go top as Atletico and Madrid games postponed

There were only two La Liga matches on Saturday evening, with Real Sociedad emerging victorious versus Mallorca

  • 13 hours
Premier League

Premier League Table: Chelsea battle to stay top after Brentford win

Chelsea are the sole leaders at the top of the Premier League after battling hard to earn all three points against Brentford

  • 15 hours
Predicted XI

Pedri still out - How Barcelona could line up against Valencia

Ronald Koeman will need to rely on back-up players as his Barca team look to take all three points from Valencia

  • 1 day
Predicted XI

Lukaku a doubt - How Chelsea could line up against Brentford

Chelsea are sweating over the fitness of Romelu Lukaku for their Premier League London derby versus Brentford

  • 2 days
Predicted XI

Torres injured - How Man City could line up against Burnley

Ferran Torres picked up a fractured foot while on international duty with Spain and will miss a period of action for Man City

  • 2 days
Premier League

No Varane, no Maguire - How Man Utd could line up against Leicester

Manchester United will be without their first choice defensive duo for the visit of Leicester in the Premier League

  • 2 days

Most read