Matteo Guendouzi took same parting shot as Samir Nasri after leaving Arsenal
Matteo Guendouzi has moved to Marseille on loan from Arsenal and has immediately hailed the French club’s fans claiming they are a level above those in north London
Matteo Guendouzi has followed in Samir Nasri’s footsteps by taking a swipe at Arsenal fans’ lack of atmosphere.
The French midfielder left north London this summer to join Marseille on loan having fallen out of favour at the Emirates.
Guendouzi was forced to leave a loan last term, on that occasion to Hertha Berlin, and continues to be out in the cold at Arsenal.
He has returned to his homeland, where he has been joined by William Saliba.
Guendouzi will play his football for the next year at the Stade Velodrome and has already claimed that Marseille’s fans cannot be compared to those in north London.
He said in a press conference: “The Marseille fans are incomparable. At Arsenal, there’s a big stadium, but it’s totally different.
“The best atmosphere is here [at Marseille]. It’s incredible to play in front of a crowd like this… it really lifts the players.”
Nasri, who left Marseille to join Arsenal over a decade ago, also felt similarly.
He came through the ranks in France and, after leaving the Gunners, moved to Manchester City.
The playmaker claimed Arsenal fans lost their passion after leaving Highbury in 2006.
He said: “The City supporters are really passionate and it reminds me of [playing for] Marseille.
“Arsenal have good fans but they are not that passionate since they moved from Highbury to the Emirates. The crowd at City are amazing and that’s what you want as a player – a good atmosphere.”
Guendouzi’s comments come just months after he talked up his desire to win back Arteta’s faith at Arsenal.
An incident in a defeat at Brighton is thought to be defining for the young Frenchman, as he grappled with his opponents.
Nevertheless, last season he spoke passionately about playing for the Gunners.
He told France Football: “From the moment that I am playing for Arsenal, I will give everything for the club, fans, team, and staff.
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“I will work hard for the shirt as I have always done.”
Guendouzi moved to the Ligue 1 giants on loan with an option to buy next summer.
His future at the Emirates appears to be over following successive loan moves away coupled with continued investment in Arsenal’s midfielder.
The 22-year-old was signed by Unai Emery back in 2018 from Lorient.
He made 48 appearances in his first season across all competitions before making a further 34 the year after.