Moussa Sissoko has said that Arsenal would be an ideal destination for him this summer.
In an interview only days before the Euros kick off, the Newcastle player has said that due to relegation he has to leave the club for the sake of his own ‘development’.
According to Moussa Sissoko the Premier League is the best league for him and he wants to stay here and sign for a club that can give him Champions League football.
The player has always said that Arsenal were the team he supported as a boy and that ongoing rumours of Arsene Wenger’s interest in him is ‘very flattering’.
Moussa Sissoko says that he hopes to ‘have a chance soon to play in this club (Arsenal) or similar’.
Whether Arsenal will in reality feel the same way must be open to question, the midfielder looking like he could be a world beater when he arrived at Newcastle in January 2013 but in the past two and a half years his form has been poor to average for the vast majority of the time.
That fact hasn’t escaped the notice of Didier Deschamps either, today being exactly a year since Sissoko last started a game for France – with 11 matches since then seeing the midfielder spending just over 50 minutes on the pitch as a sporadically used substitute.
No doubt Arsene Wenger will be equally aware as Deschamps, of Sissoko’s ‘form’ in recent times.
Moussa Sissoko speaking to Foot Mercato:
“That (Sissoko’s preferred destination) I keep to myself (laughs). There are discussions to be had and I just hope to find the best club for me, where I can develop myself as much as possible. As I said, Newcastle must accept my choice. I want to continue to progress, playing very high level, to continue playing for France. Being in Newcastle, it would be complicated, I think.
“It (rumours of Arsenal interest) is very flattering. Arsenal is one of the best European clubs. It’s good to know. I hope I will have a chance soon to play in this club or similar club …
“It’s a very big European club. I think few people would refuse to play in this club there. Everyone knows, I have often said when I was young, my heart was with Arsenal, because there were a lot of French players that have been there as Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Patrick Vieira who was my idol … The beautiful Arsenal.
“We will see. I cannot tell you that I will go to Arsenal. For now, I’m focused on the team of France and the Euros.
“I want to continue my career in England, at a club that plays in the Champions League…
“I have advisers who manage all this and I hope everything will go well with minimal difficulty for me to find another club.
“At every transfer window, they have said I am leaving. Personally, I never said I was leaving.
“This transfer window I say clearly, I would go to continue my development. I hope with all my heart that this will happen.”