Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere has revealed his desire to play for Arsenal and will consider his options in the summer.
The Frenchman has netted 10 times in 27 league games for the cash-rich French outfit but remains behind experienced duo Radamel Falcao and Dimitar Berbatov. The former is currently recovering from an ACL injury however.
The 24-year-old would welcome the opportunity to join Arsene Wenger’s side, something he’s dreamt of since childhood. But with his contract set to expire in 2017 he will have to consider his future in the transfer window.
Riviere told L’Equipe:
England is my dream since I was a kid.
I was dreaming of Arsenal.
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You have to believe and never let go. I’m good at Monaco today, I have three years left on my contract.
There will surely be reinforcements this summer.
We will see what happens.
The former Saint-Étienne and Toulouse striker signed for Monaco in January 2013 but has firmly been in the shadow of Falcao since his arrival last summer. The arrival of Berbatov has done little to help his future role within the club but he started alongside the Bulgarian on Saturday and remains the club top scorer in the absence of Falcao.
He has 14 goals to his name after 40 appearances for the Ligue One outfit, and while he has played for France international youth sides at every level including U21, he is not yet capped at senior level.
Unfortunately for Riviere he’s not the calibre of player we are after. We need internationals and someone who is a little more prolific especially at his age where he is closing on his peak years.
Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann remains a more exciting young French prospect and definitely Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata could be an interesting buy to support a more established centre forward.