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'I needed to enjoy myself on the pitch': Matteo Guendouzi says gaining more playing time was only reason behind his Hertha Berlin loan move as he insists spell at Arsenal is NOT over Guendouzi hasn't played for the club since clashing with Neal Maupay in June The Frenchman captained his country's Under-21s side against Liechtenstein  Arsenal also want to loan out 19-year-old William Saliba to a Championship side 

By Mark Mann-bryans, Pa

Published: 17:41 BST, 9 October 2020 | Updated: 17:42 BST, 9 October 2020

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Matteo Guendouzi insists his Arsenal career is not over after being frozen out by manager Mikel Arteta. 

The 21-year-old left the Emirates Stadium on transfer deadline day, joining Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal.

Having initially impressed at Arsenal following his move from Lorient in 2018, the France Under-21 international had not featured for the Gunners this season.

Matteo Guendouzi hasn't played for Arsenal since squaring up to Brighton's Neal Maupay

Matteo Guendouzi hasn't played for Arsenal since squaring up to Brighton's Neal Maupay 

He has not kicked a ball for Arteta's side since a post-match clash with Brighton striker Neal Maupay after Arsenal had lost to the Seagulls on June 20.

The Spaniard made Guendouzi work with a fitness trainer away from the first team for two weeks after he had shown an unwillingness to apologise for the incident at The Amex.  

This was not the first time Arteta had disciplined the Frenchman.

Guendouzi was excluded from the matchday squad against Newcastle United in February due to his behaviour on a warm weather training camp in Dubai. Arsenal beat the Magpies 4-0. 

The player departed for Germany in the final hours of the transfer market but, speaking after captaining France's Under-21s to a 5-0 win over Liechtenstein on Thursday night, Guendouzi said his time at Arsenal is not at an end.

'It is not that, I just really needed to play this year, a new challenge,' he told reporters.

'That was the most important thing for me. I am still young, I am only 21, so playing time was the top priority for me.

'So Hertha Berlin, I know that I will be able to express myself in a magnificent league.

Guendouzi captained France's Under-21s as they beat Liechtenstein 5-0 on Thursday night

Guendouzi captained France's

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