Matteo Guendouzi has hair pulled in pre-season brawl at non-league stadium

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Arsenal flop Matteo Guendouzi was at the centre of a huge pre-season brawl at Chesterfield's Technique Stadium on Wednesday evening as Real Betis and Marseille locked horns.

Guendouzi, who finally left the Gunners on a permanent deal this month, spent last season on loan at the Stade Velodrome and is set to play a key role under new boss Igor Tudor.

However, preparations for the new campaign haven't exactly gone to plan with comprehensive defeats coming against Norwich and Middlesbrough before tempers flared in Derbyshire.

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The brawl begun following a row between Guendouzi and 41-year-old veteran Joaquin while both sides reacted to a late equaliser from Rodri.

The goal came just minutes after Arkadiusz Milik looked to have handed the Ligue 1 side a win quickly involving both sets of players.

As Guendouzi turned to face his counterpart, Mexico captain Andres Guardado then viciously pulled his long hair towards the ground leading to an understandably furious reaction.

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Those involved where then separated by their team-mates with just seconds remaining of the friendly encounter – which didn't turn out to be so friendly.

Taking to Instagram to further the feud, Joaquin posed in a black wig and added the caption: "You are going to hesitate (because of) my hair, long hair!"

Guendouzi, on the other hand, chose peace and has only used social media to share a video of himself meeting and greeting delighted fans after the fixture.

Guendouzi, 23, looked to be an important arrival at Arsenal under Unai Emery, when he made the move to the Emirates for an estimated £7million fee, but things haven't gone to plan, with his exit confirmed by the club on July 1.

They said: "As part of the agreement with Marseille, Matteo has made his move permanent after spending 2021/22 on loan with the Ligue 1 club, during which time he became an integral part of their side, making 56 appearances in all competitions during the campaign."

Adding: "Everyone at Arsenal thanks Matteo for his contribution during his time with us and wish him all the best in this next chapter of his career."

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