Former Arsenal star 'banished' by Mikel Arteta could be the key to Declan Rice signing this summer
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Former Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi who was banished by Mikel Arteta could be key in their summer pursuit of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
The Gunners midfielder grabbed Maupay by the throat and is said to have made comments about the wages of the Brighton players, as reported by The Mirror.
He defended his behaviour citing it as an obsession with winning, but Arteta had enough and axed the Frenchman from the first team.
Guendouzi's presence seems to be missed and he could now play a key part in Arsenal's transfer plans this summer.
West Ham interested in signing him
West Ham are reportedly interested in signing the 24-year-old to replace Rice who is set for a big move away from the London Stadium at the end of the season.
He made 82 appearances during his spell at Arsenal so would arrive with a good amount of experience in English football.
Marseille want around £26m for his signature which can easily be funded by selling Rice to a top club.
The Hammers have been fighting to avoid relegation this season and will hope survival means they can still command a high price for the Englishman.
They could still qualify for Europe next season if they win the Europa Conference League which would also likely drive the price up.