Arsenal star slammed over behaviour, Douglas Costa already thinking about retirement and more


Jeremie Aliadiere made some scathing remarks about his compatriot, saying that he Guendouzi to show more commitment and respect, criticizing his reported falling out with Arteta.

Matteo Guendouzi needs to start acting more mature if he is to succeed at a place like Arsenal, says former team-mate Aliadiere. The young French star joined the Gunners during the summer of 2018, and has since gone on to establish himself as one of the brightest young prospects in world football.

Reports of a falling-out with current boss Mikel Arteta during a training session didn’t aid his cause at all, with the Frenchman subsequently losing out his starting place in the team. He has since made one substitute appearance in the Premier League.

Aliadiere, who was also part of the Gunners set-up from 2001 through 2007, has been watching Guendouzi closely, having also spent time with him at Lorient during the youngster’s breakthrough. Speaking to Goalhe issued some prudent advice toward the talented starlet: “I like him a lot, I’ve advised him on his move here [to Arsenal] and I like where he’s going at the moment, he has left his mark already.”

“But, on the other hand, he hasn’t matured much as a person since his time in France and that’s what disappoints me a bit. Mikel Arteta is not put up with childish behavior and I completely understand that. Matteo still has time on his side and will achieve that level, I am sure of that,” he concluded.

Aliadiere slams Arsenal star over behaviour
The France U-21 star has been at the Emirates since 2018, making 55 league appearances to date. Copyright: imago images / PRiME Media Images

Top News 2: 'I've spent more time in hospitals than on the pitch!' - Douglas Costa lifts a lid on his persistent injury struggles

Douglas Costa seriously considering retirement
The crafty Brazilian winger's impact has been limited due to his ongoing injury problems. Copyright: imago images / Independent Photo Agency Int.

The tricky Brazilian has admitted that his career has not gone the way he planned, with persistent injury and fitness issues halting his progress and forcing him to spent much of his time on the sidelines rather than the pitch.

Juventus winger Douglas Costa revealed that he considered getting out of the game as his incessant injuries took a toll on the mental side of his health, even pressing him to seek professional help in order to overcome the regular setbacks.

Costa joined the Serie A giants in 2017, initially on loan, and managed to break through to Juventus’ first team and persuade them to purchase him, but he has had little luck since, with hamstring and calf issues following him continuously throughout the last few season. He has been restricted to just 14 league appearances for the Turin side this season.

He has admitted that the whole situation has not been easy on him, though he is feeling much better now: “Sometimes, I can’t help but doubt myself because of my inability to play regularly, and I can’t control this, that is the worst part. But, football is my life and when you enjoy doing something, then that means you can always find the strength to endure and push forward,” he told The Players’ Tribune.

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Top News 3: Odion Ighalo nearing Old Trafford exit

Odion Ighalo nearing Old Trafford exit
Ighalo has already grabbed 4 goals in 8 appearances for the Red Devils. Copyright: imago images / PRiME Media Images

The thumping Nigerian forward is at a crossroads at the moment, with negotiations between his current club Manchester United and parent club Shanghai Shenhua reaching an impasse. Things are set to unravel at the end of this week, with his short-term deal at Old Trafford set to expire on May 30.

Lifelong Manchester United aficionado Odion Ighalo may see his dreams of making it at the Theatre of Dreams abruptly cut, as his parent club Shanghai Shenhua want to see him return in time to prepare for the inevitable restart of the Chinese Super League.

As confirmed by Goalthe Red Devils are keen to keep the striker until the end of the Premier League season, but are unwilling to purchase him on a permanent deal and are currently looking at several different options to reinforce their squad during the summer.

On the other hand, the Chinese side are open to listening to offers for their striker providing United meets their valuation, but also want to see Ighalo back in time for their season preparations if a permanent move fails to materialize. Either way, we can expect to see the player’s future revealed in the coming days.

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