Moussa Sissoko has given an interview with the French Daily L’Equipe, and he no doubt has set the rumor mill going into high gear, because he has talked about Arsenal being his favorite club, and Patrick Vieira being his idol, when he was young.
Moussa Sissoko – Arsenal bound?
Moussa himself, because of his powerful play and build, has often been compared to the legendary Frenchman, and there’s no doubt Moussa could offer Arsenal some steel in their midfield – they have none of that with their current squad.
Patrick Vieira played 107 times for France and appeared over 400 times for Arsenal.
This is what Moussa has told L’Equipe:
“When I was young, Arsenal was my favorite club. There was my idol Patrick Vieira. I’ve always loved this club, I still love them.”
“Afterwards, there was a lot of rumors. I do not pay too much attention. I have an agent, Bakari Sanogo, that takes care of that. If something should happen, it will happen.”
We really do hope that Newcastle will not sell any of our top players in January, but if we do that, it would be the third January in a row we have sold one of our best players, after selling Yohan Cabaye to PSG last January and Demba Ba to Chelsea the year before. 🙁
And there’s no doubt that Sissoko has been one of our best players this season, and that he has improved immensely after he joined us almost two years ago from Toulouse for a paltry £2M.
It’s strange that one of our other midfielders, Cheick Tiote, has also been linked heavily with possibly joining Arsenal next month.
When players give interviews in their home countries, there are at least two things that are going on – one is they get asked leading and often mischievous questions like – would you like to join Arsenal in January?
And with that question anything the player says will get used as a headline – players very rarely respond with something like – No, I’ve never liked Arsenal.
The other thing is the translation of what they actually say, and sometimes what they say is lost (or things added) in the translation – and that’s what Alan Pardew usually talks about in cases like this.
However, Newcastle are a selling club these days under Mike Ashley, so if a huge bid came in for Moussa in January – from Arsenal or from another big club – Mike Ashley may accept it – and that would be that.
Moussa has played 27 times for France and 74 times with 8 goals for Newcastle.
Selling our best players is one reason we will never have a top side anytime soon.
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