French international admits Arsenal bid in summer

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!



  1. G-Rude says:

    Debuchy and Gibbs are still getting old, so I don’t see why Wenger won’t go back and tempt Sidibe away from Monaco in the next couple of years if he keeps improving. He is only 24 at the moment.

  2. Wilshegz says:

    even if we are to get another LB it’s not Sidibe cos he is not so much of an improvement on what we have.
    I’ll rather we went for Ricardo Rodriguez or even Coentrao

  3. Break-on-through says:

    Which is his better foot, if it’s left then I would say Arsene was looking more towards the time Monreal has left. If it’s right well then Id say he wanted a utility player to be able to cover all along the back, probably just as well we didn’t get him if he was utility, Wenger would have seen him tick this box then that box making him believe there was more value in this buy than there was in a 35m pound CB.

  4. tissiam says:

    wenger also tried to sign aubameyamg from dortmund so it is one more proof that when people say that wenger doesn,t want or try to sign players they are wrong and like everybody else including myself and the so called ITK people no one knows what,s really going on behind the doors at the club and shouldn’t take what they read online or newspapers as the gospel truth!!

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