Matteo Elias Kenzo Guendouzi Olié (born 14 April 1999) is a French professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Hertha BSC, on loan from Premier League club Arsenal, and the France U21 national team.
Guendouzi started his career at the academy of Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 6. He left Paris to join Lorient’s academy in 2014. After representing the Lorient reserve team, he was promoted to the first team in 2016.
Guendouzi made his debut for Lorient on 15 October 2016, in the Ligue 1 match against Nantes in a 1–2 defeat. He played nine times in all competitions, during his debut season of 2016–17 as Lorient were relegated to the second tier at the end of the season.
In the 2017–18 season, Guendouzi featured 21 times for Lorient as they missed out on promotion, finishing seventh in Ligue 2.
Guendouzi playing for Arsenal in 2018
On 11 July 2018, during the summer transfer window, it was announced that Guendouzi had joined Premier League club Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £7m plus bonuses. Head coach Unai Emery said: He is a talented young player and a lot of clubs were interested in him. He has big potential and gained good first-team experience last season with Lorient. He wants to learn and improve and will be an important part of our first-team squad”. On 12 August 2018, Guendouzi made his Premier League debut in Arsenal’s opening fixture of the season against defending Champions Manchester City where he made 72 touches, the most for his team. They lost the match 0–2. Guendouzi scored the first professional goal of his career on 4 October 2018, rounding off the scoring in Arsenal’s 3–0 away win over Qarabağ FK, a low drive from just inside the penalty area, after an assist from Alexandre Lacazette. On 29 May 2019, Guendouzi came off the bench in the Europa League final against Chelsea, in which Arsenal eventually lost 1-4.
On 20 June 2020, following a post-match altercation with Brighton & Hove Albion player Neal Maupay, Guendouzi was excluded from Arsenal training and left out of the club’s match-day squads due to a history of issues with his “attitude and general conduct.”
Hertha BSC (loan)
On 5 October 2020, Arsenal announced that Guendouzi would be loaned out to Hertha BSC for the duration of the 2020–21 season. On 1 November 2020, Guendouzi made his debut in a 1-1 draw against VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. On 12 December 2020, he scored his first goal for the club and in the Bundesliga against Borussia Monchengladbach, the game ended in a 1-1 draw.