Young French striker admits snubbing Arsenal and Leicester

AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang has revealed that he could have moved to the Premier League prior to his switch to Italy, with Leicester, Everton and Arsenal all interested.

The 21 year-old was highly rated by his former side Caen, and he was catapulted through the youth ranks within the club. By age 15 he was a regular feature within the Under-19 side, and made his first-team debut as a 16 year-old, going on to score five league goals in his debut season.

The following summer he was believed to have held trials with Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton, and the player has just revealed that he had an offer to join Leicester last year also.

Niang said: “I could have played in the Premier League and I dream of playing there one day. They play the right football for my skills.

“When I moved to Milan, I could have moved to Arsenal or Everton instead. Two or three days before last year’s derby I received the offer of Leicester.”

The French Under-21 international has earned a regular role for his Serie A side, although is regularly used a winger or in behind the striker, despite his favoured role being the centre-forward.

His current side are no longer the giants they used to be in Italy or Europe, and he may well be looking to make the step-up to a regular Champions League side in the future, which may lead to him to pursue a Premier League move in the future.

Niang’s current contract runs until 2019, and could well have his future analysed next summer as he enters the final two years of his deal.

Arsenal like their versatile forwards, but with the likes of Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Lucas Perez all able to play as a forward as well as behind, there may not be room for him in our squad unless he makes a vast improvement.

Could Niang become a Gunner in the future? Would he have a role to play this term if he was at Arsenal already?

Pat J

Tags AC Milan Arsenal Leicester M'Baye Niang Spurs


  1. galen says:

    Coquelin out for 15 days according to lequipe in france. This is great news as he is the best DM at the club. You all saw how our intensity dropped when he left the pitch. great soldier. better than Ngolo Kante.

    1. muffdiver says:

      what the hell?!!
      what kinda long term injury is that!!

      im telling you lads this season is different.#
      killing chelsea
      near full squad

      go on you gooners. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Uzi Ozil says:

    15 days? If true, then that’s great news. However, I will wait for it to be official on arsenal website. Maybe it could be 10days on our website. Hehe. #Optimistic.

    Having said that, we won’t rush him back as we have squad depth.

    I know we wanna see Xhaka start but I tell you Coquelin upped his game big time as we got Xhaka. That’s what I love about competition. Alexis drive is rubbing on some players as well. Players fighting for each other and giving their best will really help the team.

    Xhaka is already loved by fans. They wanna see him shoooootttttt.

    Wishing all injured players at the club a quick recovery.

  3. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Don’t care about this French guy

    Only French players I care about are Coquelin, koscielny, Giroud, debuchy

    1. mkgooner says:

      No sanogo??? ??????

  4. Break-on-through says:

    We’re worried a bit on whether Alexis will sign along with Ozil. I seen a while back though that this is Koscielny’s last season. How have we not offered him a new one before now if it’s true. I have to believe that we did, then I don’t know which is worse. Us risking losing the best CB in the prem, and up there with any of them really, or Kos putting it off despite the massive love he gets. I’m only coming to terms with the somewhat short time-span we’ll have with the best CB pairing we’ve had since Toure-Campbell, because Kos is into his thirties, I thought he was thirty but another said it’s 31, hope I’m right. Everybody’s gonna want Kos, anybody who’s anybody will be lining up.

  5. GoonAR says:

    Why do we need him when we have Sanogoal?

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