Mikel Arteta has been tipped to spring a major January window surprise, by recalling exiled loanee Matteo Guendouzi.
The Frenchman was a regular in the early months of Arteta’s Arsenal spell but dropped completely out of favor following an ugly post-match altercation with Brighton striker Neal Maupay.
After the incident, Arteta relegated the 21-year-old to the reserves, keeping him out of the squad for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.
Deemed surplus to requirements, Guendouzi was then sent on loan to Hertha Berlin for the season, where he has impressed for his new side.
However, he could be on the move again, with Bild claiming Arsenal are set to recall him this month. The report suggests Guendouzi will either be sold permanently or brought back into the first-team fold.
Bringing the midfielder back to north London would go against Arteta’s previous mission statement for the January window, suggesting their top priority is on trimming the squad.