Arsenal duo to be scooped up by Marseille this summer

Jason Soutar
Matteo Guendouzi
Matteo Guendouzi

Arsenal duo Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba look set to make the move to Marseille this summer, with the latter joining on a loan deal.

Guendouzi has been surplus to requirements since an incident involving Brighton’s Neal Maupay in June 2020, and the Ligue 1 club has looked like his most likely destination for a number of weeks.

Saliba on the other hand hasn’t been given a chance in the first team by Mikel Arteta having spent the second half of the 2020/21 season on loan at Nice.


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David Ornstein confirmed last night on Twitter that Saliba had chosen OM over numerous clubs but is still part of Arsenal’s “long term thinking”.

Notorious journalist Fabrizio Romano followed up on Ornstein’s exclusive by confirming that Guendouzi is hoping for a move to the French club in the coming days.

Saliba joined the Gunners for £27million in 2019 from Saint-Etienne, spending the 2019/20 back on loan at ASSE and fans have been calling for him to start since he joined the team in 2020.

The 20-year-old impressed in the 19/20 season and looked ready for the Premier League, but was limited to under 23 football and is still awaiting his first PL appearance, if it is to ever come.

Making 20 league appearances for Nice last season, it is clear that the defender is not part of Arteta’s current plans, and Marseille are ready to snap him up on a temporary basis.

His teammate, Guendouzi, has been linked with a move to the Ligue 1 club for a while, and spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin, making 24 Bundesliga appearances, scoring twice.

The 21-year-old’s bad attitude appears to be an issue for the north London club in this instance, and are more than happy to sell the youngster after his run-in with Maupay last year.

Speaking in April about Guendouzi’s temperament, Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit said: “I think things happened too quickly for Guendouzi at a time where he wasn’t strong enough mentally.

“Guendouzi has a volcanic personality. He was called up to the French national team after a good run in the Arsenal team, but I didn’t see him have a very good game in that spell.

“He did OK in games, but as soon as he went to the national team, he changed on the pitch.

“He’s had arguments with referees, opponents, sometimes his own teammates, and I think this is something he has to control. If you want to reach the highest level and stay there, you have to control your emotions.”