Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi admits he doesn’t want to return after Ligue 1 spell

Matteo Guendouzi has admitted that he is ready to make his switch from Arsenal to Marseille a permanent one after forcing his way into the France squad under Didier Deschamps.

The 22-year-old has impressed enough to join the likes of N'Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema on international duty this week, having left Arsenal for a second loan away in the summer.

Guendouzi joined the Gunners during the tenure of Unai Emery back in 2018, and looked set to become a key midfielder for the club until the arrival of Mikel Arteta.

Following 24 Bundesliga appearances for Hertha BSC last time out, Guendouzi has made 16 appearances in all competitions at Marseille and could make his international debut this week.

"Today, I am on loan and still bound by my contract at Arsenal. But I'm totally focused on what to do with Olympique de Marseille," he told RMC Sport.

"And yes, it's a club with which I want to project myself into the future and I want to join in the long term.

"These are discussions that I had already had with the club before signing and I feel very comfortable there. And that's why I want to continue to have fun at Olympique de Marseille."

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Earlier in his loan spell, Guendouzi aimed a dig at Arsenal fans while praising the atmosphere that is created by Marseille supporters in France.

He said in a press conference: “The Marseille fans are incomparable. At Arsenal, there’s a big stadium, but it’s totally different.

"The best atmosphere is here [at Marseille]. It’s incredible to play in front of a crowd like this… it really lifts the players.”

While Marseille do have an option to buy Guendouzi at the end of the season, Arteta has insisted that a decision over his future has not yet been made.

He said of Guendouzi's future: “I think you cannot say that about a player that is owned by the club.

“For right now he’s gone for the season and I think he’s having a really good spell in Marseille.

“It’s part of the plan that we made with him. He continued with his development and we’ll make a decision with him at the end of the year.”

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