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Rumor: Guendouzi heading to Villarreal amidst Atletico speculation

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Mikel Arteta will not bear with Matteo Geundouzi any more and the young Frenchman looks to be plying his trade in La Liga next season. 

Brighton & Hove Albion was the turning point for Arsenal. They changed the way they approached Premier League fixtures and Matteo Guendouzi joined Mesut Ozil on the sidelines. 

The young Frenchman has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium ever since. He was supposed to be part of the player swap deal that would bring Philippe Coutinho to Arsenal. 

Now, Guendouzi has been linked with Atletico Madrid in a similar deal. Arsenal have been long-term admirers of Thomas Partey and are willing to offer the Poissy native in return. 

While that rumor has picked up the pace, Unai Emery’s appointment at El Madrigal can disrupt this deal. According to Football London, the Spanish tactician enjoys a great repertoire with the 21-year-old and would love to reinforce his midfield ranks with him. 

Villarreal lost Santi Cazorla and Bruno Soriano at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. The Yellow Submarine fresh blood and Guendouzi fits the bill. 

The Paris Saint Germain youth academy graduate would love to link-up with his former manager. He was a vocal supporter of Emery at Arsenal, hailing his influence on and off the field. 

 “We communicate a lot in training, in games on what I can bring on the pitch or in my personal life,” he said in October (via the Metro). “He’s someone who’s taught me a lot on and off the pitch.”

“I know he trusts me a lot because I’ve started all the games in the Premier League since the start of the season.