All Arsenal fans get frustrated with Arsene Wenger during summer transfer windows, as he always seems to appear inactive while other top clubs are signing top players left, right and centre. But once the window ends we get the players and agents crawling out of the woodwork saying that Arsenal bid for one player or another.
Judging by today’s news from the player himself that Arsenal tried to sign Djibril Sidibé, the (now) Monaco defender, from Lille this year, it would appear that Wenger was trying to find a replacement for either Debuchy or Gibbs, who were both linked with a move away. Monaco got there first but Sidibe admits he was flattered by the attention from Wenger.
He said: “I’d just had a big season with lots of goals. I’d been decisive a few times. Then there was the call up pre-Euros. I was somewhat expecting a few offers. They came. It’s true that Arsenal’s came at the last minute. I’d already decided on Monaco, but it was very flattering.
“Today, Arsenal is one of the biggest teams in the world. As I’ve repeated many times, today I’m at Monaco. I’m happy and I know it was interpreted a certain way, but it’s part of the job. They remain Arsenal.”
At 24 years of age Sidibe would have been an excellent buy at just £12.75m, especially as Gibbs and Debuchy are much older. But it is nice to know that Wenger was more pro-active than he looked, even if he didn’t get his man!