Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi has broken his silence after distancing himself from his side’s FA Cup Final celebrations.
The Gunners came back from 1-0 down to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday evening, but the Frenchman was not included in manager Mikel Arteta’s squad.
Guendouzi’s last appearance came in the 2-1 defeat at Brighton in June, when he clashed with countryman Neal Maupay during a heated fracas.
Arteta has left Guendouzi out of the squad since the incident, initially citing “squad management” as the reason for the omission.
The France U21 midfielder played an important role before the coronavirus-enforced break, making 34 appearances – three of which came in the FA Cup.
But Guendouzi’s exit from the Emirates appears to be creeping nearer having failed to impress Arteta or club chiefs with his attitude.
He has not publicly congratulated his teammates on their Wembley heroics and on Sunday posted a picture on Instagram, featuring the caption: “Holidays”.
Guendouzi’s decision not to toast Arsenal’s achievement of winning a record 14th FA Cup is in stark contract to fellow out-of-favour man Mesut Ozil.
The German midfielder – who is out of contract next summer – was informed he would play no part in the final and spent time in Turkey leading up to the match, but took to Instagram to congratulate the team.
Ozil posted a picture of Aubameyang with the trophy surrounded by the squad and wrote: “Great job my boys!” accompanied by his classic ‘YaGunnersYa’ hashtag.
Although Guendouzi and Ozil played no part in the final, Arteta ensured their contributions to the silverware-winning campaign did not go unnoticed.
“They’re all part of it,” said the Gunners boss after the match. “We don’t have here Matteo and Mesut but they’re a big part of it because they all contributed in here.
“They all should be a big part of it. All of them contributed to this trophy.”
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