Matteo Guendouzi will not return to Hertha BSC next season, with Arsenal talks over another move coming to an end.
Another loan was always a fairly unlikely outcome this summer, given Guendouzi only has an Arsenal deal lasting to 2022. Realistically, he would have to extend his contract first, and right now that doesn’t seem very probable.
More than that, Bild claim Guendouzi has now become conspicuous for his ‘theatrical appearances’. Arsenal were hoping Hertha might look at a permanent deal, but that seems to be off the table now.
As for Guendouzi himself, he’d reportedly prefer to return to North London anyway. Perhaps that should be no surprise as Hertha battle relegation, but it’s also in keeping with his recent interview, where he claimed his Arsenal story wasn’t over yet.
With nine games left of his loan spell (plus the possibility of relegation play-offs), the sooner he can recover to end the campaign on a high, the better.