‘Petulant Guendouzi needs a Vieira-type figure at Arsenal’ – Gunners bosses have been told

Lee Dixon claims Matteo Guendouzi needs a Patrick Vieira-type figure alongside him at Arsenal, with the “petulance” of youth getting the Frenchman into trouble.

There has been alot of speculation over the future of Guendouzi over the past few days as reports have suggested that he is not happy under the guidance of Mikel Arteta, with Manchester United reportedly keen on a transfer deal.

Vieira was a talismanic presence to provide inspiration from the middle of the park, and Dixon claims Guendouzi needs a Vieira-type figure alongside him at Arsenal

The Gunners great told PA Sport: “I completely agree with leaving him out. It wouldn’t have happened in my day – well, it might have happened once but it wouldn’t have happened again.

“Somebody needs to have a word with him and I’m sure Arteta has done – he wouldn’t have just left him out at Southampton and not said anything.

“There will have been a conversation and then it is about the ability of that player to take that message on board and see what he does with them.

“You don’t just do what the coach says, you listen and use your football intelligence to work out the good bits, the bad bits and what will get you to the next level.

“The next level for him is not being sat at home and watching the game on TV, it is about being in the team every week.”

The legendary former Arsenal defender added on Guenzous’s outburst: “It is not the first time we have seen a bit of petulance from him.

“He is a talented boy but, unfortunately for him, he has got his chance in a team that has not really got a lot of leaders on the pitch.

“If you picked Guendouzi out of the team now and stuck him next to Patrick Vieira, he would be a totally different player because he would be led around the pitch and told where to go.

“He almost needs to be coached both tactically and behavioural-wise from within the team group and I don’t know if that is going to happen.

“That is the problem he has got, he needs someone to grab hold of him and give him a little socially-distanced hug – sit down with him and talk to him, analyse his game with him.”

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