Matteo Guendouzi said he had to leave Arsenal to have fun as he was injured from lack of playing time in north London

Guendouzi was banned from Arsenal’s squad after clashing with Neal Maupay after losing 2-1 to Brighton in June

The Frenchman fell out of favor under Mikel Arteta, although he had escaped punishment from the football association for grabbing Maupay by the neck, and was finally loaned to Hertha Berlin in October

The 21-year-old has played three games for the Bundesliga since then His last appearance was a 2-5 defeat against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday

Guendouzi says he got used to playing regularly at Arsenal after moving from Lorient to Emirates Stadium in 2018, and when that was taken away from him he started thinking about his future

“I had to have fun on the pitch to regain confidence and that is what Hertha offers me. It really is a decision I made,” the Gunners borrower told Telefoot

Guendouzi is also aiming to become a full French international, having previously represented his country at levels under 21, under 20, under 19 and under 18

“It’s been a dream since I was little To be part of it was wonderful,” he added

“I still have in the back of my mind to deserve a lot more choices and be important in the future”

Guendouzi is still under contract with Arsenal until 2022, but club legend Kevin Campbell is among those who believe the playmaker has already burned his bridges in north London

“He has no future at Arsenal. Mikel Arteta detained him after the Brighton game last season, that was it – detention,” Campbell said earlier this month

“A manager like Arteta wants you to be able to keep the line, take your punishment, keep your trap closed and get to work Guendouzi couldn’t do it”

Guendouzi will be back in action with Hertha when they go on a trip to Bayer Leverkusen next weekend

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