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Marseille midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has backed the statement from Samir Nasri that the Arsenal fans are not passionate. The French national team player said this in his first press conference as a Marseille player this summer having joined on loan from Arsenal. Marseille signed Guendouzi on loan from the Gunners with the option to buy if certain conditions are met.

Guendouzi told reporters in his first interview as a Marseille player that the fans at the club are incomparable to the ones at Arsenal. According to him, Arsenal have a big stadium but the fans are not really passionate thus backing the statement made by Samir Nasri many years ago when he left the Gunners to sign for Manchester City. Guendouzi stated that it's incredible to play at an atmosphere like the one at the Stade Velodrome and that it lifts the player.

Samir Nasri had said that the Arsenal fans lost their passion when the club moved from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium in 2006. Nasri made this known when he moved to Manchester City over a decadeago as he pointed out the lack of atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium. His statement has been backed by his compatriot, Guendouzi.
Frenchman Guendouzi has been sent on loan two times thus suggesting that he has no future at Arsenal whom he joined from French team Lorient in the summer of 2018. The Gunners paid £7m to secure his transfer from Lorient. Guendouzi has not played for Arsenal since he had an altercation with Brighton and Hove Albion striker Neal Maupay when the two teams met towards the end of the 2019/20 season. He reacted angrily to compatriot Maupayat full-time after goalkeeper Bernd Leno was injured as a result of his tackle. Brighton came from behind to win the game 2-1at the expense of the away team. Leno was stretchered off and replaced by Emiliano Martinez during the game.
Guendouzi spent last season on loan at German Bundesliga capital club Hertha Berlin before his latest loan spell at Marseille.