Back in July, L’Equipe reported that Arsenal attempted to hijack Monaco’s move for Djibril Sidibe, a defender who at the time was contracted to Lille.
We were a little suspicious at the time, assuming the story to be the work of an agent looking to hurry negotiations. When the 23-year-old sealed his move to the Stade Louis II just days later we felt that stance to be justified.
It now turns out that Arsene Wenger did indeed bid for Sidibe with the player admitting it gave him food for thought.
“I was on the brink [of signing for Monaco] and [Arsenal] gave me a headache by making a bid at the last moment,” Sidibe told Le Parisien while on international duty with France on Monday.
“After reflecting on it, I was not certain my playing time would be guaranteed.
“I would have played maybe 25 games this season, including the cups. They also wanted to use me on the left whereas I want to establish myself on the right.”
It’s interesting that Sidibe highlights our eagerness to use him on the left, a position that Nacho Monreal has made his own in the last two years. Were we ready to let Kieran Gibbs leave? It makes you wonder…
Sidibe is the second player in the space of a few hours to reveal their contact with Arsenal. Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez made similar claims this morning.