Matteo Guendouzi has been warned by Jeremie Aliadiere that he must “grow up” as a personality or risk throwing away his Arsenal career.
“Look, I’m the guy’s big fan,” Aliadiere said to Goal. “He is like my little brother and I always told him that for his growth as a player and as a human being, Arsenal will be a really successful team. He followed my suggestion, and came to the club, but I believe that Matteo has not yet developed up as a person.”
Aliadiere details the problem: “He’s grown up as a player, he’s massively matured as a player and he gets better every year. Yet he has sadly not developed and progressed as much as I figured he might by joining Arsenal, as an individual.”
“I think he’s missing that, and that’s why he’s not playing as much under Mikel Arteta because Mikel isn’t really up for that. He needs people who can do a job with the manager to accept what they are telling him to do. If they’re not happy to do that, then someone else’s going to do it for him,” he says, reasoning that this stunted growth is devaluing Guendouzi in the eyes of the Arsenal management.