Matteo Guendouzi’s ex-boss claims his “oversized ego” made him difficult to manage

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Matteo Guendouzi's ex-boss Mickael Landreau has admitted that the French midfielder was "very complicated" to manage.

The 21-year-old has been sent out on a season-long loan to Hertha Berlin from Arsenal after he fell out with manager Mikel Arteta.

Guendouzi was completely frozen out at the Emirates following a game against Brighton in which he lost his temper and grabbed Seagulls forward Neal Maupay by the throat.

There are clearly a number of question marks over his temperament, and speaking in an interview with Canal+ Landreau, who managed Guendouzi at French side Lorient, lifted the lid on his time with the player.

Matteo Guendouzi is currently on loan at Hertha Berlin
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"He annoyed me terribly, he is very complicated to manage," Landreau said.

"He sometimes has some behaviours within a group that are very, very hard.

"But somehow, that’s what he is: big; he doesn’t let go, he is a fighter. He has an oversized ego, but he certainly needs it."

Landreau believes Guendouzi has the talent to go far in football – but needs to work on his attitude off the pitch in order to do so.

"It’s also what’s at stake in his career: how he will manage what he is in order to succeed, or not, in an exceptional career," he added.

"I think he needs to be in the spotlight, to be a leader. He needs to be a captain or vice-captain, and he will try to make the most of it.

Guendouzi's attitude has been called into question
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"Because that’s the way he is. And that means that his teammates have to accept him the way he is, because he’s a pain on a daily basis.

"He’s very annoying on a daily basis, but on the other hand, he’s talented."

It remains to be seen if Guendouzi has a future at Arsenal, but some believe his relationship with Arteta has already become irreparable.

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