Matteo Guendouzi has left Arsenal permanently, and has signed a three-year deal with Marseille until June 2025. The midfielder was spending the 21/22 season on loan from the London club, and has now made his transfer permanent after meeting the clauses in his contract.
When he was signed on loan, the clause in his deal was that Marseille would have to make his transfer permanent after playing 38 games. And now, that clause has been met and the deal has been finalised.
Matteo Guendouzi speaks out on permanent departure
“It was a carefully considered choice. There were very good discussions with the president, with the coach and people in my family. We really made the best decision altogether. For me, it’s the best choice I’ve made in many years,” he told RMC.
“President Longoria and coach Sampaoli are the people who introduced me to the project and made me want to come. We talked about Marseille’s project, what I could bring to the team, how I was going to grow.
“I found myself in this speech, I knew that when I came here, I was going to cross levels and continue to grow, whether it was humanly or football-wise.”
Matteo Guendouzi had a falling out with the rest of the squad, and with manager Mikel Arteta, which effectively ended his career at Arsenal. He was shipped out on loan to Marseille after it became clear that he had no future in North London, and now, he has a new challenge in Ligue 1.