Hertha Berlin boss Pal Dardai says Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has to ‘learn like an animal’ and compared his development as a footballer to a teenager going through puberty.
Guendouzi, 21, was exiled from the Arsenal squad following football’s restart last June, joining Hertha on a season-long loan deal during the summer transfer window.
The Frenchman has started 14 of Hertha’s 22 Bundesliga games this season but according to Dardai, he has still some way to go before he fulfils his potential.
‘It’s like puberty for him, he’s kind of a rebel.’ Dardai told Bild. ‘He has to work and learn like an animal.’
Guendouzi was at fault in Hertha’s 3-0 defeat to RB Leipzig on Sunday, losing possession inside his own box minutes after coming on as a substitute with Nordi Mukiele lashing home his side’s second as a result.
Guendouzi came off the bench and was at fault moments later on Sunday.
‘In training, I always stop these kind of duels because you can’t fall to the ground like this. And, afterwards, he’s mad,’ Dardai said of the incident.
Guendouzi’s discipline has been questioned on a number of occasions since joining the Gunners in the summer of 2018, coming to a head in June when he appeared to grab Brighton striker Neal Maupay by the throat during an ill-tempered Premier League clash.
The midfielder has not featured for the club since, failing to make the matchday squad again that season having also reportedly left the Arsenal staff unimpressed following an internal disciplinary meeting following the incident. Guendouzi is also said to have got in a heated row with Mikel Arteta during a warm-weather training camp in Dubai in February last year.