Moussa Sissoko says he’s flattered by reported interest from Arsenal as he confirmed his desire to leave Newcastle.
The Magpies were relegated from the Premier League last season, despite a final day annihilation of Sp*rs, and the midfielder told Foot Mercato that he wants to stay in the Premier League, fearing his international chances will be affected by playing in the Championship.
He’s a player that has been linked with Arsenal in the past, and when it was put to him that North London might be a potential destination, he seemed keen on the idea.
“It is very flattering,” he said. “Arsenal is one of the best European teams. To be watched by that sort of club, that proves that you are a quality player. It is good to know. I hope that I will have the chance, soon, to play for this club or for a similar club…
“It is a very big European club. I think that very few people would refuse to play for this club.
“Everyone knows, I often said it when I was young, Arsenal is the club of my heart, because there were quite a few French players there like Thierry Henry, Robert Pirès, Sylvain Wiltord, Patrick Vieira who was my idol.
“The beautiful Arsenal. We will see. I cannot tell you if I am going to go to Arsenal. For the moment, I am focused on the French national team and the Euros.
“I have advisors who are dealing with all of that and I hope that things will go well with as little difficulty as possible for me to find another club.”
Of course wanting to play for Arsenal and actually getting to play for Arsenal are two very different things. Thankfully.
It’d be a big surprise if Arsene Wenger still had his eye on Sissoko, so we’re giving this one a sloppy 8.