Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe has revealed he was extremely close to joining Arsenal this summer, he told Le Parisien.
The 24-year-old, who signed a five-year deal with French principality side Monaco in the summer, revealed that the Gunners made an approach to him and his former side Lille late in the transfer window, which left the French international with a major decision to make.
However, Sidibe eventually turned down a move to England, where he did not feel he was suited to at this time, but he left the door open to a Premier League move in the future:
“I was really close to signing, and I had a headache given how late they came in for me. Normally, you jump at the chance, but after thinking about it, I wasn’t certain that I would get playing time. I would have played perhaps 25 games with the cups,”
“And they saw me playing rather on the left while I want to establish myself on the right. So, I preferred to stay in Ligue 1 to get a maximum of experience and leave for the Premier League next year, because it’s a league that I’m really attracted to.”
Sidibe faces a crucial two-years on the international stage in the build-up to the World Cup in Russia, as he currently stands behind former Arsenal man Bacary Sagna in Didier Deschamps pecking order but, with the Manchester City man being 35 by the time the tournament comes around, there’s a chance for Sidibe to establish himself as first-choice.