Former Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is on thin ice at Marseille following his disastrous performance in the Champions League. Guendouzi's missed penalty and overall poor showing contributed to Marseille's elimination from the competition.
Serie A clubs Inter Milan and Lazio have shown interest in acquiring Guendouzi, according to French outlet L'Équipe. However, with time running out, Marseille may have to settle for a loan deal with an option to buy.
Speculation throughout the summer suggested that Guendouzi would be leaving Marseille, but interest has waned in recent weeks.
The Game That Sealed His Fate
Marseille faced Panathinaikos in the Champions League third round qualifier. The tie was evenly poised, with Panathinaikos leading 1-0 on aggregate. However, former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to put Marseille in the driver's seat. In the 99th minute, Guendouzi conceded a penalty, sending the match into extra time and penalties. Guendouzi had a chance to redeem himself, but his penalty was saved, leaving him devastated.
Troubles at Arsenal
Guendouzi's acrimonious relationship with Arsenal began in 2020 when he clashed with then-Brighton forward Neal Maupay. He was subsequently banished from the squad by manager Mikel Arteta. Reports also suggested that Guendouzi taunted Brighton players and boasted about his salary, leading to his permanent departure from the club.
Loan to Marseille
After leaving Arsenal, Guendouzi spent the 2021-22 season on loan at Marseille, where he played an important role in the club's second-place finish in Ligue 1. Marseille was impressed enough to sign him permanently for £9 million. However, his role diminished towards the end of last season.
Aston Villa's Offer
In January, Aston Villa made a contract offer to Guendouzi, but the club ultimately decided to sign Youri Tielemans on a free transfer instead.
It remains to be seen whether Guendouzi will find a new club before the transfer window closes.
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