Former Arsenal star Jeremie Aliadiere has asked Matteo Guendouzi to grow up after a high profile fall-out with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.
The two of them became close in their time at Lorient as the midfielder grew through the ranks at the French club. It is believed that Aliadiere played a part in his move to Arsenal.
However, despite their close relationship, the former Arsenal star has delivered a stern warning to the 21-year-old who he believes is at risk of damaging his career at the Emirates with his antics off the pitch.
‘Listen, I’m a big fan of the guy,’ Aliadiere told Goal. ‘He’s like my little brother and I always told him that Arsenal would be a very good team for his development as a player and as a human being.
‘He took my advice and came to the club, but I just feel Matteo hasn’t grown up as a human being yet. He’s grown up as a player, he’s matured massively as a player and every year he gets better.
‘But unfortunately as a man, he hasn’t grown and matured as much as I thought he would by joining Arsenal.
‘I think that’s what he’s missing and that’s why he’s not playing as much under Mikel [Arteta] because Mikel is not really up for that.
‘He wants players who are going to do a job for the team and do what they ask him to do. If they are not happy to do that, then he will have someone else do it for him.’
It can be recalled that Guendouzi was a regular under Unai Emery after his arrival in 2018 but saw his game time limited after the arrival of Arteta on the hot seat.
The French midfielder has been limited to just two Premier League starts under Arteta and also reportedly provoked Artata in Arsenal’s winter training in Dubai.
The Spaniard went on to punish Guendouzi by excluding him from the matchday squad in the next game against Newcastle United after the spat. Arteta is believed to have been angered by Guendouzi’s attitude during a training session.
Since then, the Frenchman has been used once as a substitute in the Premier League. Therefore, Aliadiere has urged him to improve his attitude.
He added: ‘Matteo’s a top player and he’s shown that since he’s been here. And that’s what I’m saying about him maturing as a human being and needing to grow up.
‘I saw him coming through the academy when I was at Lorient and having confidence and believing in yourself is amazing and I think at that age it’s a massive quality.
‘But I think at some point you have just got to respect and deal with the players and you’ve got to respect your coach.
‘There are arguments that just don’t need to be done. I don’t know exactly what happened in Dubai when he fell out with Mikel, but that is not going to help him if he’s going to keep falling out with his coach or team-mates.’