Arsenal travelled to Belarus on Thursday evening as strong favourites to beat BATE Borisov in the first-leg of their last-32 clash in the Europa League, but they were humbled by the home side and slumped to a 1-0 defeat.
Unai Emery has a brilliant track record in the competition but his expertise failed to shine through. The Gunners failed to score a vital away goal and that could prove costly in the reverse fixture next week.
Plenty of individuals were slated by the supporters for failing to deliver against what was a mediocre side on paper, one of which was Matteo Guendouzi.
Emery has placed an enormous level of faith in the budding French midfielder this season. Regular starts have been the norm and the 19-year-old has earned plenty of plaudits for his development so far, but not all the supporters are convinced by what they’ve seen.
Indeed, Guendouzi, like the rest of the Arsenal team, was far from his best on Thursday, and the supporters did not hold back in their criticism on Twitter.
While large sections of the Gunners faithful may be feeling more tolerant towards his display given his lack of experience, there is certainly a strong contingent who are becoming increasingly disillusioned by Emery’s decision to start him on such a regular basis.
Here’s what the Arsenal fans had to say about Guendouzi’s latest display:
— Teng Manyiel (@Teng13228577) February 15, 2019
matteo guendouzi, the biggest prospect in the world according to arsenal fans has been bossed around the midfield by a 37 year old Alexander Hleb and a man named dragun
— ً (@beamxrboyy) February 15, 2019
Guendouzi is massively overrated by Arsenal fans.
— TikiTakaConnor (@TikiTakaConnor) February 14, 2019
He's not ready. This is not the first bad game for him. He wasted so many ball and lose possesion so many times, yet Unai keep him in the game. I think Xhaka should stay.
— nas (@maskbiru) February 14, 2019
As far as I am concerend, he has contributed nothing in all the games he played, yet Unai keep picking him over Ramsey and Ozil. It say a lot about our coach. All the days he had played terribly, he still kept him in the game all through. Unai is just Ridiculous.
— Olanrewaju Ajayi, Esq. (@Ologbeni) February 15, 2019
Very average, over does things. Needs be pulled,played too many games
— Ryan Munro (@ry83munro) February 14, 2019
Poor mans Hleb
— Lee Smith (@LeeSmith2000) February 14, 2019
— ??LUCAS (@chaiviriyapong) February 14, 2019
— Pasa Adventures (@JuliusMandu) February 14, 2019