Arteta dropped Guendouzi (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)‘The needs of the team and the needs of the football club are always the same, put the best players on the pitch that are 100% focused to win the game.’Arteta made four changes with Guendouzi, Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Alexandre Lacazette dropping out.Kieran Tierney, Emiliano Martínez, Granit Xhaka and Eddie Nketiah all came into the side.MORE: Kieran Tierney reveals how Arsenal players reacted to their dismal defeat at BrightonMORE: Claudio Bravo speaks out on his future amid Arsenal transfer interestFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Guendouzi was left out of Arsenal’s squad (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Matteo Guendouzi was dropped for Arsenal’s clash with Southampton amid rumours about his future at the club, with Mikel Arteta suggesting there was an ‘internal issue’.Arteta, the Arsenal manager, was said to have reacted angrily to Guendouzi’s behaviour during the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat at Brighton. Reports claimed Guendouzi had called Brighton’s players ‘s**t’ and mocked the Seagulls’ squad for earning less than his £40,000-a-week deal, with Brighton goalscorer Neal Maupay suggesting he lacked ‘humility’ after they clashed at the end of the match.Arteta was desperately unimpressed and has reportedly decided to sell the French midfielder – who has attracted interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Leicester – after growing tired of his attitude.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlthough Guendouzi avoided a ban for grabbing Maupay’s throat, he was not a part of Arsenal’s 20-man squad for the Premier League tie with Southampton and Arteta was questioned on his absence.‘Squad management. Whatever internal issue we have, we deal with it privately,’ the Arsenal manager said. Advertisement Mikel Arteta speaks out after Matteo Guendouzi is dropped for Southampton vs Arsenal clash Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Jun 2020 5:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Advertisement
This weekend all attention focuses back on the club hurling championships, with the third round of games in the County Senior and Seamus Ni Riain Hurling Championships taking place.With qualification from each group still undetermined, the result of almost every game across the weekend will be decisive in terms of who progresses into the quarter final stages of the competition.The results of other games will be important for teams avoiding the relegation battle from the championship. Photo © Tipp FM Tom Meagher, who looks after match fixtures in the county, says it’ll be a great weekend of action.