France international confirms he was ‘really close’ to signing for Arsenal
Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe has revealed that he came close to signing for Arsenal in the last transfer window.
The 24-year-old was wanted by the Gunners ahead of the 2016/17 season. But he rejected the chance to make the move to London and instead signed for Monaco from former club Lille.
Right-back Sidibe suggested that Arsene Wenger made a mistake by making his move too late and not giving him enough chance to think through the deal.
And the former Troyes youngster also had doubts about whether he would be able to secure a regular place in the team. He claims that the Gunners wanted to utilise him as a left-back rather than a right-back – another cause for concern – and he had doubts over whether he would dislodge Nacho Monreal in Wenger’s plans.
Sidibe feared he would be largely restricted to appearances in cup competitions and was not prepared to play second fiddle. But he admitted that he fully intends to make his move to England in 2017.
He told French newspaper Le Parisien: “I was really close to signing [for Arsenal], and I had a headache given how late they came in for me.
“Normally, you jump at the chance, but after thinking about it, I wasn’t certain that I would get playing time. I would have played perhaps 25 games with the cups.
“And they saw me playing rather on the left while I want to establish myself on the right. So, I preferred to stay in Ligue 1 to get a maximum of experience and leave for the Premier League next year, because it’s a league that I’m really attracted to.”