Matteo Guendouzi has deleted a post on his social media which appeared to confirm his exit from Arsenal.
The French under-21 international joined the Gunners from Lorient in 2018 and impressed many during his first season under Unai Emery where he made 48 appearances, scored once and provided three assists.
However, things started to go south for him in North London in his second campaign after he clashed with new manager Mikel Arteta over disciplinary issues.
The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin as a result and took to Twitter to say his farewells ahead of a permanent move to Marseille before subsequently removing the post.
“I will never forget the Emirates Stadium,” he wrote.
“I will never forget the fans. I won’t forget the city. I will never forget everything I’ve been through here. I will never forget that my only will was to defend with pride Arsenal colors.
“Thanks to all of those who believed in me during my time here, during the good and the bad moments. I can only wish the best to the club and its fans who deserve so much, trust me!
“Good bye Arsenal, I will never forget and will be a Gooner forever.”
Interestingly there is no mention of Arteta in his goodbye message.
The two clashed on several occasions after the Spaniard took charge in 2019, and Guendouzi‘s actions in the aftermath of a defeat at Brighton in June 2020 ultimately saw him exiled from the squad for the rest of that season, meaning he missed out on the FA Cup success.
At this point he was deemed surplus to requirements at Arsenal who looked to sell him permanently last summer but were forced to loan him to Hertha Berlin after failing to find a buyer.
The French midfielder endured a mixed loan spell in the German capital, enjoying a decent run of form under Bruno Labbadia before again being accused of lacking maturity after new coach Pal Dardai took over the club midseason.
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He is now set to complete a move to Marseille as Arteta and Edu look to overhaul their squad ahead of the coming season.
Meanwhile Albert Sambi Lokonga is expected to complete his move to North London relatively soon after not being included in Anderlecht’s pre-season training camp