France international Djibril Sidibe has revealed he turned down a move to Arsenal in the summer as he was not convinced he would get enough playing time at the Emirates.
The 24-year-old left Lille for Monaco in July, signing a five-year deal with Leonardo Jardim’s side.
However, he has revealed the Gunners made a late bid for his services and while he did turn the Gunners down he is hopeful of moving to the Premier League next year.
“I was on the brink [of signing for Monaco] and [Arsenal] gave me a headache by making a bid at the last moment,” he told Le Parisien.
“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.”
Sidibe, a full-back who can play on either flank, also revealed where the Gunners were planning on playing him.
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“They also wanted to use me on the left whereas I want to establish myself on the right,” he added.
“I chose to stay in Ligue 1 and then leave for the Premier League next year because it is a competition that greatly appeals to me.”
While Sidibe appears keen to play in the Premier League, whether Arsenal will return for him remains to be seen. Nacho Monreal has been in fine form this season and his performances have seen him handed a return to the Spain team after three years following Jordi Alba’s withdrawal due to injury.
Indeed Monreal was a surprise starter against Albania on Sunday, setting up Nolito’s goal in their 2-0 win. Meanwhile, Kieran Gibbs has also been handed a return to the international scene, having been called up by England after Danny Rose was injured against Malta.