Matteo Guendouzi needs a lot of improvement to play for Barcelona: Nigel Winterburn


The Frenchman Matteo Guendouzi would require enormous improvement so as to measure up the standards at Barcelona says Nigel Winterburn.

The former Arsenal player and current pundit for BT Sport considering gossipy tidbits about the Liga mammoths demonstrating enthusiasm for the Frenchman to need a lot of hard-work and improvement to play for the Catalans.

Barcelona are closely screening Guendouzi’s circumstance and performances at Arsenal. The Catalan mammoths considering a move for the Frenchman who has a huge room of improvement and has potential to play for the Spanish side.

The former Arsenal player won the 1997–98 premier league under Arsene Wenger thinks the Frenchman needs both the mental and physical aspects at the top of his level for the Catalans to invest in the 21-year old midfielder.

“I think there would need to be a huge improvement in Guendouzi’s game for Barcelona to be willing to take him. He’s a young kid who’s made big improvements but there’s a long way to go, so that would surprise me if it turns out to be true.” – the 56-year old said.

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“Arsenal wouldn’t just let him go easily even if they do decide to sell him, it would need to be a substantial fee, so would Barcelona think he’s worth the risk? If the price is right, maybe, but it seems like a bit of a long shot to me.” – he added.

During the summer transfer window in 2018 it was announced that Guendouzi had joined Premier League club Arsenal for an undisclosed fee. Since his arrival, the experts had big aspirations from the young Frenchman.

“We are delighted Matteo is joining us. He is a talented young player and a lot of clubs were interested in him. He has big potential and gained good first-team experience last season with Lorient. He wants to learn and improve and will be an important part of our first-team squad” – Unai Emery (manager at that time) said.

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The former English player best known for his role alongside the likes of Tony Adams, Steve Bould, Martin Keown and Lee Dixon said there might be on-going issues with the Gunner’s manager Arteta.

“Arteta doesn’t seem to be the type of manager to accept any excuses, we’ve already seen that he’s not afraid to leave players out of the squad who don’t toe the line and I really admire him for that because he’s clearly trying to instil some discipline.

“With Guendouzi, it all comes down to the player’s actions as well as the manager. I don’t know exactly what issues there are with Guendouzi, but it looks like the manager has had a word with him and asked him to show that he can do what is asked of him for the benefit of the team so everyone can move forward.

“If the player is not willing to do that, or has taken offence in some way, then you usually find that the player will ultimately force his way out of the club. He’s a young player who has made some improvements over a short period of time but there’s a lot more room for development from him.” – the former English full-back added.

“It’s up to the player to turn this situation around. It looks as though Arteta has thrown down the gauntlet to try and test his resolve, and if Guendouzi reacts in the wrong way then he’ll be gone. You can’t have someone in your squad who is disturbing the rest of the team.

“I have to say I like the way Arteta is organising the team and how he is dealing with these situations, it seems as though he won’t take any messing around and that’s a good thing – it’s been too easy at Arsenal for too long.” – the 56-year old concluded.

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