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Matteo Guendouzi compared his happiness at Hertha Berlin with his "difficult time" at Arsenal in an emotional farewell message to the German club.
The 22-year-old French midfielder was sent on a season-long loan spell to the Bundesliga outfit last October after he was completely frozen out of the Gunners team by Mikel Arteta.
And Guendouzi put his Arsenal troubles behind him to become an important part of the Hertha team, making a total of 24 league appearances throughout the campaign.
On Thursday he took to Twitter to send a heartfelt series of messages to fans of the club.
And it was striking just how much more he seemed to enjoy his time there than at the Emirates, as he lauded Hertha while seemingly subtly aiming a dig at the way he was treated at Arsenal.
Matteo Guendouzi sent an emotional farewell message to Hertha Berlin
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Guendouzi wrote: "To new beginnings … A difficult day arrives, this one, the day to say goodbye to an entire institution for which I had the immense privilege and honor to play football and defend its blazon in an extraordinary championship made of professionalism and humility.
"I joined not only a club but a family, I’ve met amazing people who became friends for life. Many thanks to Michael Preetz, Bruno Labbadia, Arne Friedrich and Pál Dárdai for making this possible.
"I'm leaving happy because I gave the best of myself and we’ve managed to stay in the Bundesliga. My thoughts also go to all the employees who work behind the scenes but work with dedication on behalf of the club’s common good, without forgetting all the fans who are passionate about the club and have shown unwavering support.
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"This experience has been a source of inspiration and I hope I have lived up to the confidence the club has given me. The club helped me in difficult situations and encouraged me when I was at the top.
"I just wanted to work with respect, dedication and defend the club’s values. I wish Hertha Berlin the best. I leave with a lot of emotions, that's why, with respect and affection, thank you and HaHoHe."
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Guendouzi, but Arsenal are considering extending his current contract by 12 months in order to maximise how much they can get for the player.
At present, Guendouzi will become a free agent next summer, leaving Arsenal in a familiar position.
The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck have recently left the club after seeing their contracts expire.
RMC suggest triggering Guendouzi’s extension could earn them an extra €10million, with Marseille now mulling over a deal.