Guendouzi must ‘toe the line’ to save his Arsenal career, says Ray Parlour

If Matteo Guendouzi wants to continue his career at Arsenal he should ‘toe the line’, says former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour. The French midfielder has now missed two matches in a row following his fall-out with Neal Maupay following the club’s defeat at Brighton on June 20. During the incident Guendouzi grabbed the Seagulls striker round the neck.

While the 21-year-old midfielder avoided a ban from the Football Association, it appears he has been dropped by Mikel Arteta, who left Guendouzi out of his squads for two consecutive games. Parlour feels that the France youth international will have to control his emotions and listen to his manager if he wants to keep his place at the club.

“He’s got to toe the line,” Parlour told Goal. “He’s a very energetic player, a very good player. I think it’s a situation where Arteta now is stamping his authority, which is something you have to do as a manager. You have to get the respect of the players.”

“Matteo has maybe stepped out of line and he’s left him out. I’ve always said do your talking on the pitch. As long as you are performing, you get away with certain incidents. I do like the way he plays, he’s got good energy, but it comes down to Arteta. I don’t see him every day in training, I don’t see if he’s a bit of a sulker, I just don’t know.”

“Arteta now has got to get that out of him, see what makes him tick. He’s a young lad, he’s still learning and that’s what Arteta’s trying to get across to him.” After his fall-out Guendouzi had reportedly told Arsenal’s board he wanted to leave the club after the season. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have already been linked with the former FC Lorient midfielder.

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