REVEALED: Ex-Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker recommended hot-head Matteo Guendouzi to Hertha Berlin as club’s sporting director insists midfield outcast is ‘worth every penny’
- Per Mertesacker suggested Matteo Guendouzi, Arne Friedrich has revealed
- The Hertha Berlin sporting director is delighted with the recommendation
- The 21-year-old made move from England to Germany on a season-long loan
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi was recommended to Hertha Berlin by former Gunners defender Per Mertesacker, according to the Bundesliga side’s sporting director.
The 21-year-old made the switch from England to Germany on a season-long loan on deadline day in October after falling out of favour with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
And Hertha Berlin’s Arne Friedrich has revealed that his former Germany international team-mate Mertesacker pointed him in the direction of Guendouzi in the summer.
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is currently on loan at Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin
Guendouzi was recommended to Hertha Berlin by former Gunners defender Per Mertesacker
‘He’s a fantastic player,’ Friedrich said. ‘We spoke to Arsenal before the transfer obviously, and I also spoke to Per Mertesacker, with whom I played in the national team.
‘Every day he shows in practice what a good player he is.
‘He’s so calm. He wants every single ball, even under pressure. He has his own understanding that he wants to win games.
The 21-year-old fell out of favour under Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta towards end of last season
‘He has this intrinsic motivation to just show the world how good he is. This is what we need, this is what everybody needs and he is highly confident, which is also very important for our team because our team is still looking for structure.
‘We are very, very happy to have him here and he’s worth every penny.’
Guendouzi’s last game for Arsenal came on June 20 when the Gunners lost 2-1 to Brighton. He was involved in a post-match altercation with Neal Maupay, with the player grabbing the French striker at his neck at the sound of the full-time whistle.
Arteta immediately dropped the midfielder, who joined Arsenal from Lorient in 2018 for £8million, from the squad and he was unable to win over his manager in the the months that followed.
Hertha Berlin sporting director Arne Friedrich revealed Mertesacker put forward Guendouzi