Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi bagged three assists for Marseille in their 4-1 victory over Cannet Rocheville on Sunday.
It continues a fine loan spell for the 22-year-old midfielder, who has helped the Ligue 1 club to second in the table and earned a call-up to the France national team.
The Gunners celebrated the hat-trick of assists on Twitter, giving some fans hope of a future for Guendouzi at the Emirates with ongoing doubts over their current midfield.
But it feels safe to say: that probably won’t happen. Too many bridges have been burned.
The Frenchman’s last appearance for Arsenal came in June 2020, during a defeat to Brighton which saw his conduct called into question.
Guendouzi is not thought to be part of Mikel Arteta’s future plans – and that feeling is mutual.
“Today, I am on loan and still bound by my contract at Arsenal. But I’m totally focused on what to do with Olympique de Marseille,” Guendouzi recently told RMC Sport.
“And yes, it’s a club with which I want to project myself into the future and I want to join in the long term.
“These are discussions that I had already had with the club before signing and I feel very comfortable there. And that’s why I want to continue to have fun at Olympique de Marseille.”
And the fans calling for him to come back might have short memories.
Earlier this season, Guendouzi took a not-so-subtle dig at the Arsenal supporters and the Emirates atmosphere.
He said: “The Marseille fans are incomparable. At Arsenal, there’s a big stadium, but it’s totally different.
“The best atmosphere is here [at Marseille]. It’s incredible to play in front of a crowd like this… it really lifts the players.”
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