Former Arsenal hot-head Matteo Guendouzi involved in pre-season FIGHT with Real Betis legend Joaquin as both teams AND their benches have to intervene… causing the referee to blow full-time early
- Matteo Guendouzi and Joaquin clashed in the closing stages of a friendly
- Both Betis and Marseille players had to break it up the stoppage time scuffle
- The referee decided to blow full-time slightly early to cool flaring tempers
- Guendouzi moved to Marseille this summer leaving Arsenal for £9million
Former Arsenal midfield Matteo Guendouzi got himself involved in a pre-season bust-up with Real Betis legend Joaquin on Wednesday night.
Marseille and Betis faced off at Chesterfield’s Technique Stadium on Wednesday evening, and what was meant to be a friendly got heated in the closing stages.
With the game all-even at 1-1 following goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Rodri, Joaquin approached the ex-Gunner in the final moments of the match, seemingly taking exception to a few trademark heavy challenges.
Joaquin and Matteo Guendouzi clashed after the veteran approached the ex-Arsenal man
Joaquin was not happy with the tackles Guendouzi was putting in for a friendly and told him so
The Frenchman kicked out at Joaquin and that forced both sides to get involved and break it up
Unsurprisingly, the Frenchman retaliated with members from both teams – even those on the bench – getting involved to break up the scuffle.
The referee eventually decided the best way to break up the fracas was to blow the final whistle and just end the game ever so slightly early.
Guendouzi completed a permanent move to the Stade Velodrome this summer following a successful loan spell with the Ligue 1 outfit last season.
The six-time France international made 84 appearances over two seasons for Arsenal before being sent out on loan to Hertha BSC and then, Marseille.
The French side sealed his signature for what was a bargain £9million fee, just £2m more than what The Gunners paid for him back in 2018.
Marseille still have AC Milan to play on Sunday before opening their Ligue 1 campaign against Reims the following week.
Guendouzi was not happy with the confrontation and it wasn’t just Joaquin in his line of fire
With the game in stoppage time, the referee blew the full-time whistle to break things up
Guendouzi was clearly in no mood to hear the wisdom Joaquin had for him in their friendly
Guendouzi, still only 23, will be hoping to follow up on the strong campaign he had last year.
His return to France yielded 54 appearances for Marseille where he scored five goals and contributed an impressive 14 assists as Marseille finished second behind eventual champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Interestingly, his on-field foe this week, Joaquin, recently signed a new one-year deal with Betis that will see him with the club close to his 42 birthday next July. He made his debut for Betis back in 2000.
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