The 21-year-old started the Gunners first two games post-lockdown but has been left out the 20-man matchday squad in the three games which have followed.
Arteta referred to the ‘boat’ when asked about the situation after his initial decision to drop Guendouzi at Southampton on June 27, and was asked to clarify the requirements his players must meet to come aboard ahead of the trip to Wolves.
“The players that respect the values that we want to implement, that are 100 per cent committed to our culture and that players that are accountable everyday for what we demand from them,” the head coach said.
“Players that are ready to play to help other, fight for each other and enjoy playing together.
“That’s what I mean by being ‘in the boat’. If you behave like this everyday, you are very welcome here and we want to get the best out of you and help you to enjoy your profession with us.”
Since his arrival at Arsenal in December 2019, one of the real selling points for Arteta has been his attention to detail. Whether it’s in the way he sets up his team, has his finger on the pulse of the youth team or in a more human sense, that has been an area where he has excelled.
That made it now surprise when he rattled off the numerous ways he judges whether players are up to his standards or not. Especially as he admitted he remembers having to deal with similar situations as a captain during his playing days.
“Now we don’t spend as much time as we used to before but you see it in every reaction,” he added.
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“What time a player comes into training, how he comes, how ready he is, the way he communicates, the energy that he brings in, the way he transmits his feelings to his teammates, the way he reacts to certain things, the way he behaves in training [and] during games. It’s a lot of things that we can pick up [on].
“I can think of a lot of examples [from his playing days. We all have moments when you doubt your future, you have difficult times, that’s why the conversation has to be open.
“You have to create an environment for the players to trust you to express their feelings – even with me – and if you do that you are always willing to help them, to guide them, give them clarity, direction and support to make them feel comfortable and that they are in the right place.”