Hertha Berlin’s 3-0 victory over Schalke will make headlines in Germany as it confirmed a 30th consecutive match without a win for the Royal Blues, but it was also a match which saw Arsenal on-loan talent Matteo Guendouzi score a tremendous goal.
Here’s how a memorable afternoon panned out for French midfielder.
📷 Matteo Guendouzi: Match Snapshot
Guendouzi has been an ever-present member of Bruno Labbadia’s Hertha side this season, in a league campaign that has seen the capital side struggle for consistency.
However, it was the former Arsenal man who stepped up when called upon at the Olympiastadion on a cold, Saturday night to put his team in front.
⚽ ⏱️ 36’ After a few half chances from either side in the opening period of the match, Hertha eventually found a breakthrough mid-way through the first half thanks to Guendouzi’s tremendous finishing.
From a throw in deep in the opposing half, left-back Marvin Plattenhardt fired a long ball into the Schalke box before it was cleared to the edge of the box. Midfielder Matheus Cunha latched on to the loose ball and fired a shot towards goal but it bounced off a defender and landed at the feet of Guendouzi. The midfielder then composed himself, planted his left foot and used his right to curl it round the outstretched arms of Ralf Fahrmann.
The Arsenal talent then spent the rest of the match putting on a tremendous box-to-box effort with tackles, passes and shots aplenty as his side picked up a comfortable win in Berlin.
〽️ Guendouzi: Rating Week-on-Week
Guendouzi has undoubtedly had to take his time settling into a Hertha team that has had a lot of money spent on it but there are unquestionably signs of the young player’s talent.
The French player has shown what he can do in the Bundesliga this season, with an 8.1 FC Rating in a recent 1-1 draw with Gladbach.
His 7.8 FC Rating against the Royal Blues is exceptionally encouraging and suggests there’s much more to come from Guendouzi in the second half of the season.
🗝️ Key Stats
Guendouzi match stats
|FC Rating||7.8||Rank #3|
Guendouzi: What Next?
As a regular started for Labbadia’s Hertha side, we can expect to see much more of the 21-year-old talent in the coming weeks.
Following on from an impressive display against Schalke, Hertha then travel to Bielefeld and FC Koln before hosting Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen.
Four games that Guendouzi should feature in if he can stay fit and should hopefully improve upon his performance against Schalke on Saturday.