I turned down Arsenal move this summer – Sidibe

The Monaco defender, who claims he could have joined the Gunners in the close-season, is eyeing a transfer to the Premier League in the future

Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe has revealed he turned down the chance to join Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

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The French full-back, who has been capped three times by his country, moved to Monaco from Lille in July but claims he could have signed for the Gunners instead.

And although Sidibe rejected Arsene Wenger’s side’s approach due to uncertainty about game time, he is still keen on a switch to the Premier League ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

“I  was on the brink [of joining 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. They also wanted to use me on the left whereas I want to establish myself on the right.

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“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.”

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