Matteo Guendouzi has praised the atmosphere at his new club Marseille, labelling it much different to the one at Arsenal. Guendouzi was frozen out of the Arsenal by Mikel Arteta after an altercation with Neil Maupay during their game against Brighton. He spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin where he made 24 appearances and scored twice. During his second spell away from Arsenal, the atmosphere has attracted praise from the Frenchman. He called the atmosphere the best in football.

“The Marseille fans are incomparable. At Arsenal, there’s a big stadium, but it’s totally different,” former Arsenal player Matteo Guendouzi said. “The best atmosphere is here. It’s incredible to play in front of a crowd like this… it really lifts the players.”

Guendouzi was involved in a controversial incident this weekend during their match against Nice. Fans stormed the pitch after Dmitri Payet threw a water bottle into the crow after it was first thrown at him. This lead to a scuffle with both sets of players ordered off the pitch by referee Benoit Baston.

“Apart from the photo that is everywhere, there has been no violence against OM players,” Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere said. “By the way, Guendouzi, with pictures to prove it, has no marks on his neck when he is on the pitch.”

“There are cuts, we had an independent doctor in Marseille. There will be medical certificates,” Marseille’s director of communications, Jacques Cardozo said in response. “These are elements that will allow the investigation of the League and the disciplinary committee to be carried out.”

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