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Unai Emery has brushed aside controversy over Mattéo Guendouzi’s hair by telling his youngster to get it cut.

The French midfielder had his frizzy hair pulled straight by Marouane Fellaini during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Wednesday. The Belgian, who recently got rid of his own trademark afro, escaped punishment from the referee, Andre Marriner, and Emery believes the incident is now cut and dried.

“I think the best thing is that he cuts his hair before the next match, then the problem is finished,” Arsenal’s manager said. “Just as Fellaini did. I have not told him that to his face, though. I respect a lot the players; their hair and their hair colour.”

The Spaniard, who is hoping his team continue to gel as they take a 20-game unbeaten run into their home match with Huddersfield on Saturday, sought to defuse the incident.

“I think when I was a player it was the same,” Emery said. “But today with all the cameras, everyone can catch all the situations in 90 minutes. But for me some questions are only between the players on the pitch.”

Emery said Rob Holding was still being assessed after suffering a knee injury at United but fears the defender is facing a lengthy spell out. “The first news is not good,” he said.

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