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Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi on Hertha coach Labbadia: We have same values

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is happy playing for Hertha Berlin coach Bruno Labbadia.

Guendouzi is on a straight loan with Hertha this season.

The beginning of his Bundesliga stint was hit by a coronavirus test proving positive after being away on international duty with France U21. But after serving his quarantine period, the midfielder returned to full-scale training under Labbadia last week.

And after declaring himself fit and ready for selection, Guendouzi was included in the matchday squad for Sunday's 1-1 draw with VfL Wolsfburg. Labbadia turned to the youngster for the second-half.

And the Arsenal prospect is confident Labbadia will soon be calling on him for a starting place.

He told the Hertha website, "I had good conversations with the coach, he explained to me exactly what he expected from me, what style of play he preferred and what he plans to do with me and the team this season.

"After our exchange, I had a good feeling, which strengthened my decision for Hertha. I hope that together we can implement as much as possible of what we have set out to do! I love competition, I am very ambitious and I would like to win every game - also in training. The coach works similarly, he pushes us and expects a lot. We have that in common, and it can only be good for the team."

Hertha, after the 1-1 draw with VfL, currently sit in 14th place on the Bundesliga table and are yet to win at home so far this season.

Guendouzi has a contract with Arsenal to 2022.


- updated November 2

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