Guendouzi transfer situation confirmed by chief after impressive Hertha form

Matteo Guendouzi has had his transfer situation confirmed after an impressive start to life at Hertha Berlin.

The Frenchman was loaned out in the transfer window by Arsenal after he fell out of favour under Mikel Arteta.

It came after a show of petulance against Brighton last season when he grabbed Neal Maupay by the throat.

He did not play again under Arteta's watch and was offloaded as he looked to clear out the 'bad eggs' at the club.

But the former Lorient star has found form at Hertha Berlin and started well in the Bundesliga.

And Hertha’s general manager Michael Preetz has confirmed that they will look to sign Guendouzi on a permanent deal when his loan expires.

He points to the fact his contract will expire in the summer of 2022, meaning Arsenal will have to make a decision over the midfielder’s future.

“At the moment we are just happy that he is with us,” he told BILD.

“He helps us a lot and is a very exciting player. We won’t see anything else until summer.

“But the starting position is not the worst.

“His contract with Arsenal will only run for one year. There are only two options – either the British extend it or they sell it.”

Arsenal have had their worst start to a season since 1974 after seven losses in 12 Premier League matches.

It has seen them just five points above the relegation zone with their latest defeat coming at the hands of Burnley.

The Clarets rocked up to the Emirates as the Gunners largely shot themselves in the foot – twice.

First, Granit Xhaka was sent off for grabbing Ashley Westwood by the throat before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored an own goal.

That was the fourth home defeat in a row for Arsenal and it has seen the pressure ramp up on Arteta.

But Edu has insisted that he envisages a "beautiful future" with the Spaniard at the helm in a show of faith.

The Gunners take on Southampton next in the Premier League tomorrow evening, with the Saints flying high in fourth at the moment.

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