The young, French midfielder has not been included in the Gunners’ last two match-day squads for the clashes with Southampton and Sheffield United due to ‘management reasons.’
The former FC Lorient star’s absence from the squad comes as a result of the altercation he was involved in with Brighton & Hove Albion striker Neal Maupay at the Amex Stadium a week-last-Saturday, which saw Mikel Arteta’s side beaten 2-1.
Since then, Guendouzi has not been named in Arteta’s match-day squad of 20 players for the wins against the Saints and Sheffield United.
It was reported earlier in the week that Guendouzi was keen on the idea of leaving the Emirates Stadium and the Gunners would consider it if they received an offer of around €40million.
However, if he is to end up staying in North London, the youngster is in need of a Vieira-type leader alongside him in order to keep him on the straight and narrow on and off the pitch.
“It is not the first time we have seen a bit of petulance from him,” Dixon said, as quoted by the Daily Mail. “He is a talented boy but, unfortunately for him, he has got his chance in a team that has not really got a lot of leaders on the pitch.
“If you picked Guendouzi out of the team now and stuck him next to Patrick Vieira, he would be a totally different player because he would be led around the pitch and told where to go.
“He almost needs to be coached both tactically and behavioural-wise from within the team group and I don’t know if that is going to happen.
“That is the problem he has got, he needs someone to grab hold of him and give him a little socially-distanced hug – sit down with him and talk to him, analyse his game with him.”
Prior to Sunday’s FA Cup win against the Blades, which has seen the Gunners book an FA Cup semi-final date with Manchester City next month, Arteta has challenged Guendouzi to get behind his plan of rebuilding the squad ahead of next season.
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“Whatever internal issues we have, we will deal with them privately and I am never going to make any of that public,” Arteta explained.
“All the players that are here, I am counting on them. If they want to jump on the boat, they are more than welcome and that is always my mindset.
“I am here to help all of them to improve individually and collectively and that is my job.”