Marseille players ‘turning on’ Arsenal loanee Guendouzi ‘after criticism’

MATTEO GUENDOUZI is allegedly wearing thin his Marseille teammates’ patience – just eight games into his loan spell with the Ligue 1 club.

The 22-year-old is reported to have clashed with a number of players in the squad, according to L’Equipe.


Guendouzi recently joined Marseille in a loan with an obligation to buy dealCredit: Getty
His Arsenal nightmare finally came to an end this summer


His Arsenal nightmare finally came to an end this summerCredit: AFP

Guendouzi joined Marseille on loan this summer and made a bright start for his new side, scoring once and providing an assist in his first three games.

It even led to a call up to the French national team earlier this month, although he failed to make an appearance for Les Bleus.

But now Marseille have won just one out of their last four games, much to the annoyance of the Arsenal loanee.

In the 3-2 home defeat to Lens at the weekend, L’Equipe claim Guendouzi asked teammate Gerson ‘when he was going to start running,’ which didn’t go down well.

Gerson had to be held back by teammates as Guendouzi walked away, with captain Dimitri Payet stepping in to try and calm him down.

The incident came after Lens’ second goal, with Guendouzi running up to the Brazilian before confronting him and allegedly accusing him of not running.

And French talk show Le Phoceen also report disharmony in the Marseille camp.

They claim Guendouzi to be highly critical of his teammates every move, and also incredibly dramatic.

He’s even alleged to fall to his knees and shout at the sky when somebody takes a bad first touch.

The Frenchman is also reported to moan at and blame others when things don’t go according to plan.

Guendouzi played 82 times during his time at Arsenal, but had a reputation at the club as being someone who was difficult to manage.

There was a bust-up with club manager Mikel Arteta, and he was frozen out of the club after taunting Brighton players about earning more money then them in 2020.

The midfielders was also filmed in the same game grabbing Brighton match-winner Neal Maupay around the throat and hurling him to the ground.

Guendouzi was subsequently sent out on loan to Hertha Berlin last season, and then moved on to Marseille for this campaign.

The Ligue 1 side have the obligation to make the loan move permanent for £9.4million at the end of the season.

But if the allegations against Guendouzi are true then the club could be regretting choosing the option to make his stay in the South of France a permanent one.

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