Sven Mislintat reveals shocking reason behind Matteo Guendouzi transfer

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That’s the bizarre claim made by Gunners head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.

Guendouzi arrived from Lorient for £7m in July and while he was expected to be a prospect for the future, the 19-year-old has played a key role in his side’s excellent start to the season.

Unai Emery’s side are currently enjoying a 20-game unbeaten run in all competitions and have emerged as genuine contenders for the top four.

Arsenal continued their good form with a well-fought draw at Manchester United on Wednesday.

Guendouzi made headlines during the game when he had his hair pulled by Marouane Fellaini.

The Belgian will not be facing any retrospective punishment from the FA for the attack.

And Mislintat admits Guendouzi’s prominent locks are part of the reason the club swooped to sign him.

“It was an important transfer for us because we wanted to show the world that we were still the old Arsenal which gives opportunities to young players,” he told German newspaper Die Ziet.

“I saw him when Lorient were still in the French first division. I like Lorient, they always produce interesting players.

“Matteo stood out with his long hair and his personality.”

Fellaini used to have similarly wild hair before changing his image with a recent chop.

And Emery has urged Guendouzi to follow suit in order to avoid a similar incident in the future.

“I think the best thing is for the next match for Matteo to cut his hair, and this problem is finished, like Fellaini,” he said.

“Today, with the cameras, all the situations happening in the 90 minutes can be seen.

“Some questions are for me between the players on the pitch.

“If it’s not a good action they can receive a card.

“On the pitch, the situation happened and it’s between the players.”

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