Toulouse Left-Back claims Arsenal interest: by SV
After the Sunderland game on Saturday, Arsene Wenger stated that he was looking for a midfielder and defender to add to his squad. Now, as any of you who know Arsene’s ways will testify, this could mean anything from us signing a defender and midfielder, to us signing two midfielders, two defenders and a striker for good measure. In other words, we can’t be certain as to exactly what Arsene’s plans are for the rest of the transfer window. Personally, I think/hope that we will complete the imminent Sahin signing, and follow it up with the acquisition of a CDM and a versatile defender.
So I was given some hope when Sky Sports reported that Toulouse left-back Cheick M’Bengue has claimed that we are interested in signing him. The report said as follows:
“Toulouse left-back Cheikh M’Bengue claims Arsenal are interested in signing him and he would be keen on a move to Emirates Stadium.
He told L’Equipe: ‘Arsenal’s interest? To be honest I didn’t expect it. When such a big club is thinking about you, it is great pleasure, but you are above all surprised. It is really flattering. Moreover, the Premier League is the league where I would like to play.’
Asked if he had talked to either club about the situation, he added: ‘Not at all. I am only focused on the pitch. My agent is managing that and I believe he had talks with Toulouse’s chairman. I didn’t forecast I would be leaving, I have 2 years remaining on my contract, but it would be difficult to accept to be forced to stay,’ he said. ‘Indeed, I am a key part of the Toulouse squad. I have no agreement to leave or any clause on my contract. But you cannot refuse Arsenal, if everyone can benefit from it. I hope if there is an exciting proposition, the chairman won’t block me.”
“You also have to consider a player’s interest. Arsenal would be great.’
I’ll admit, I have never seen M’Bengue play and so have no idea how good he is, though Toulouse look unwilling to sell him, with their chairman saying that no one else would leave the club this summer. This is bad news for us not only because of M’Bengue, but also because it will make it more difficult to sign Etienne Capoue, Toulouse’s CDM, who is said to be one of Arsenal’s main midfield targets.
In any case, the report from Sky Sports does bring good news as it tells us that, even if we don’t sign M’Bengue, Arsenal are definitely in the market for defensive cover.
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