Moussa Sissoko’s pleas to Arsenal to sign him today were a little pathetic and before leaving Newcastle the 26 year-old French International should ask himself if he can get a first team place at a Champions League club.
Especially one in England and even more at Arsenal who have been a Champions League side every single season since Arsene Wenger took over back in 1996.
We doubt it.
Moussa Sissoko – French International and wimp
It may be great for him if he signs for his dream club Newcastle – sorry I mean Arsenal – but if he’s on the bench every week at the Emirates then that will not be good and he will lose his place in the French squad too.
That’s exactly what happened to Mathieu Debuchy after he joined Arsenal – he lost his first team place at the Gunners to Hector Bellerín and subsequently lost his French place and he’s never picked for the French squad these days.
It’s not that Moussa has been in such great form for us these last couple of seasons either – and the game against Tottenham – which could be his last game for Newcastle – was his best game for Newcastle last season.
His good performances in all truth have been too few and far between.
And Newcastle issued a statement today after the Sissoko outburst, saying it was their intention to put a strong squad together for the Championship and that would be the top priority at the club.
This is the Newcastle United statement:
“We have had enquiries for some of our players, but our position remains the same: We want to retain and build a very strong squad at Newcastle United for the forthcoming season and that is absolutely what we will do.”
“We will always act in the best interests of the club and the squad.”
In any case Newcastle will only sell their top players for top money – and if they don’t get those offers coming in for the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat – they will be going nowhere.
They may have to get used to that – sooner rather than later – and Rafa is known to be very tough and make players abide by their contracts.
They got us into this mess – they can now help to get us out of it – and not just take a hike to some club where it will be a lot more comfortable for them next season.
They need to show some guts and courage – and take a cue from their manager Rafa Benitez – who has already shown that for the Newcastle cause.