Matteo Guendouzi says he needed a fresh challenge to revive his career after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.
Guendouzi had been a regular at Arsenal until a few games into the football restart in June when he clashed with Brighton striker Neal Maupay in a 2-1 defeat at the Amex Stadium.
His behaviour in that match led to a rebuke from Artea, who then called on the French midfielder to apologise for his actions.
But Guendouzi maintained his stance and refused which led to Arteta exiling him from the first-team.
Guendouzi has not been included in an Arsenal squad since the game against Brighton and the club were keen to sell him in the summer.
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Despite his talent, no club made a good enough offer to sign Guendouzi on a permanent deal and Arsenal were forced to settle with sending him out on loan to German side Hertha Berlin.
On Thursday, Guendouzi captained France’s Under-21s to a 5-0 win over Liechtenstein and after the match he was pressed on his future.
“It is not that, I just really needed to play this year, a new challenge,” he told reporters.
“That was the most important thing for me. I am still young, I am only 21, so playing time was the top priority for me.
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“So Hertha Berlin, I know that I will be able to express myself in a magnificent league.
“They are a very good club with big ambitions. So, I have left to go on loan there for a year, so I will give everything I can for this club.
“I needed playing time, I need to play, I needed to enjoy myself on the pitch and that is what I am going to do this year.”
Speaking on Arsenal.com, Arsenal technical director Edu explained how Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira both spoke to him and Mikel Arteta about leaving this summer.
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“The market situation was really strange,” he told arsenal.com.
“It was difficult to manage well because nobody was 100 per cent comfortable to do the deals. Even loan players or to swap players was even more difficult. I think we did it quite well.
“If you see Lucas Torreira, if you see Matteo I think for them it was really really important to move, play more games, be more comfortable and happier because both came to me and Mikel to talk about the possibility to go to have more games and play more minutes.”
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