You’d be forgiven for thinking this had already happened but…

*drum roll please*

Marseille have confirmed the permanent signing of Matteo Guendouzi on a three-year deal.

The move was effectively ratified in March when the France international completed his 38th game for Les Olympiens, thereby triggering a purchase clause in his contract for a  fee, thought to be in the £10 million region, that was pre-agreed with Arsenal.

Guendouzi made 55 appearances for the Stade Velodrome outfit last season, scoring five goals and making 14 assists. After a difficult period in the aftermath of his massive fallout with Mikel Arteta, he seems settled and is delivering on his potential. Good for him.

Guendouzi’s last match in Arsenal colours was against Brighton in June 2020. His behaviour in the aftermath of the stoppage time defeat earned him the wrath of his manager who banished him for the rest of the campaign. He subsequently spent the 2020/21 campaign with Hertha Berlin.

Guendouzi is one of a number of fringe players who are set to leave the Emirates in some capacity this summer; returning loanees Lucas Torreira, Reiss Nelson, Hector Bellerin, Alex Runarsson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Pablo Mari are all thought to be on the lookout for new clubs.