Moussa Sissoko To Leave Newcastle In January?


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.

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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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14 comments so far

  • almondrichie

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #1

    sissoko maybe our best player atm but when someone sets their eyes on someother club then its time we forget about them…..even if he is to be sold in the jan hope some good replacement is brought in……

    mentioning arsenal is his fav team i doubt he wantedly went on to get that 5th yellow card against chelsea so he dont feature against gunners……

    shame on you

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh what a bloody f**king suprise! Great, thats our season over…

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  • Slank

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Reading what he has said you could equally conclude that he doesn’t want to leave:

    “If something should happen, it will happen.”

    This statement could apply to any player at this club or any other club.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #4

    AlmondRitchie

    I hope what you say about sissoko getting a yellow card on purpose isnt true. That would be criminal to the club. Maybe sissoko just misses debuchy? There might have been a lovers tiff? It still would have been a better love story than the tiffs we get on here! Sissoko doesnt seem like someone that would do that, but if he did then I would be happy to see the back of him!

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  • almondrichie

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #5

    if we start armstrong along with perez today and say we have 6 geordies on the pitch then i am very confident that we will win today…..our great run of form has to be credited to the geordies in our team….no matter what the situation is they give their best…..i was very flattened by colbacks contribution against ars and spurs eventhough we were whacked……
    i guess players like riviere nor gouffran nor cisse doesnt understand that…..
    looking forward for armstrong’s start

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  • CDEVINE69

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Did you have to put this out the morning of the biggest game of the season?

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  • almondrichie

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #7

    lol…didnt expect this

    http://www.themag.co.uk/the-mag-articles/pardew-worries-whether-ayoze-perez-can-handle-derby/

    does it mean that gouffran is gonna start???
    cant even think abt it…

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  • proud2bnufc

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #8

    No doubts he will leave us in winter or after season ends just like Cabaye.

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  • proud2bnufc

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #9

    @ almondrichie
    yes, we should play our youngsters like Perez and Armstrong with Colback and Dummet. We have to show ambition and skills what they really have. NO for Gouff !

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  • ToonMatt

    Dec 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Goods news for Ashley bad news for the club.

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  • Sav

    Dec 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Arsenal too tight to pay Mashley’s asking price but others may not.

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  • lesh

    Dec 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Arsenal when he was a kid!

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  • NOVA2967

    Dec 21, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Arsenal don’t need him but if they offered 20-25 million I would take it. Sissoko is a fine player and is young enough to warrant a big fee. He is missing a lot tho and would prefer a passer.
    Are team is really not good on the talent field right now. Pardew is doing a good job for what he has but looking at our squad it is not well.
    Colback and Tiote are not the way to go. I hope we do go english soon enough to where we can actually keep a team together.

    Carroll
    Downing Milner A Johnson
    Colback Carrick
    Could of been done for cheap and they would of all stayed with the team and then add in a foreigner or two

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  • derekm

    Dec 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #14

    More money, less game time, Carling cup and meaningless Champions league group games. Sissoko should give Remy and Cabaye a ring and ask them how it went after they left us!

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