Stories of players rejecting Arsenal to remain at their clubs or even opting to make a move elsewhere has taken over the media in recent times. This time around, one of the Gunners’ target this summer has stated his reasons for snubbing them earlier on in the transfer window.
AS Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe has explained why he chose the French side over Arsenal during the summer transfer window.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had made Sidibe a priority when the transfer market opened in July, but the defender opted to join Monaco instead. French outlet L’Equipe also reported Arsenal made a bid of £15m for Sidibe.
“I hesitated a lot. But knew my playing time would be limited at Arsenal”, Sidibe told France Football.
Wenger is a known admirer of the 24-year old and Sidibe could have gone on to become a regular in the Arsenal defence, with the long-term injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista.
Negotiations between Arsenal and Lille for Sidibe broke down, like in many cases, and the defender was bought by Monaco.
Sidibe’s impressive displays for Lille during his four-year stint made a host of European sides interested in him. He made 96 appearances for Lille and scored 7 goals in the process. The defender’s versatility means he can also operate in the midfield position and, Arsenal could have made do with Sidibe.