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Hertha coach Labbadia hails Arsenal whiz Guendouzi after screamer: He has winning gene

Hertha Berlin coach Bruno Labbadia hailed Matteo Guendouzi after his screamer against Borussia Monchengladbach yesterday.

The on-loan Arsenal midfielder hit a stunner for the 1-1 draw. The result sees Hertha move into eleventh place on the table - five points clear of the dropzone.

Labbadia was pleased with the point and Guendouzi's wonder goal - something he admits he wasn't expecting from the France U21 international.

Quotes by Hertha's website, Labbadia enthused: "So far I haven't seen goals like this being his specialty, but the way he did it was great.

"Matteò has this winning gene. He's a very, very good footballer with a good sense of space and good technique.

"That makes him very valuable to us."

Guendouzi is on a straight loan with Hertha this season. After a slow start, he is establishing himself in Labbadia's starting XI.

The beginning of his Bundesliga stint was hit by a coronavirus test proving positive after being away on international duty with France U21. But he's now finding his match rhythm.

On the goal, Guendouzi added: "We captured the ball in the penalty area, Vladimir Darida then put it back ideally and I caught it ideally.

"It's a shame that we didn't win in the end, but we fought as a team and earned a well-deserved point with a strong opponent."

Former PSG junior Guendouzi has a contract with Arsenal to 2022. He has managed six appearances for Hertha so far this season, scoring once.

- updated December 14

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