Arsene Wenger has openly discussed Dimitri Payet’s current situation at West Ham after the France international was linked with a move to Arsenal.
The France international has told the Hammers he does not want to play for them again and is keen to leave the club.
Manager Slaven Bilic has been angered by Payet’s comments but insists West Ham do not want to sell one of their biggest assets.
Wenger, who is reportedly a big admirer of Payet, has now spoken openly about the current predicament and is hopeful an amicable resolution can be found for both parties.
“The vibes you get from the outside are not positive. It’s difficult for me to talk about that because I don’t know,” he told a pre-match press conference.
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“I hope West Ham and Payet can sort it out because the boy isn’t known for having a bad mentality.
“Why this is happening I don’t know, only the player can tell you that.”
Despite Bilic’s insistence that Payet will not be sold, it seems likely he will leave the club this winter and Wenger has made his dislike of the January transfer window known.
“I always was against it,” he added. “It’s easy news and it’s interesting for the Premier League but it’s completely against the spirit of what a football club should be.
“Once you’re on the train at the start of the season, you’re on it for the whole season. You can’t have stop in the middle where half a team leaves and another half comes in.
“I personally don’t think it’s right.”
While Wenger stopped short of ruling out a move for Payet there seems to be little interest from Arsenal, with current reports suggesting former club Marseille are his most likely destination.