Hertha Berlin boss on Matteo Guendouzi development: ‘It’s like he’s in puberty!’

Malik Ouzia
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Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has been likened to a teenager going through puberty by his current manager Pal Dardai.

Guendouzi is midway through a season on loan at German side Hertha Berlin, where Dardai is in charge.

The Frenchman was allowed to leave the Gunners on a temporary basis last summer, after it became clear he was not in Mikel Arteta’s plans following his exile during the latter part of last season.

He has been a regular for the Bundesliga outfit, making 17 league appearances, but Dardai has spoken of his need to mature as a player.

“He is a young player,” he said. “It’s like he’s in puberty sometimes, rebellious. You have to know where the limit is. He has to learn, learn like a beast.”

Guendouzi was guilty of giving away possession on the edge of his own box in the build-up to a goal in last weekend’s defeat to RB Leipzig.

“You can’t afford to do that in a situation like that,” Dardai added. “Matteo underestimated it; he often does that.”

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