Arsenal had quite a busy summer transfer window this year. The Gunners were linked with a host of players during summer and ended up spending around £90m on their acquisitions.
However, following the comments from two of their summer targets, it’s quite clear that the North London club failed to secure all of their primary targets during summer.
The Gunners were strongly linked with a move for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez in the transfer window, but a move failed to materialise. The Algeria international has now confirmed that Arsenal did try to sign him during summer.
He told French publication Canal+: “There was contact with Arsenal. But Leicester wanted to keep me and I was pretty expensive. I did not want to create a conflict when the offer came in. Personally, I think it is a good thing I stayed put. It’s now up to me to prove myself again.”
Similarly, Arsenal were also linked with French full-back Djibril Sidibe before he joined Monaco this summer.
Now, the 24-year-old right-back has also confirmed that the North London club were indeed interested in signing him.
He told French publication Le Parisien: “The transfer gave me] a headache, especially as Arsenal only positioned themselves at the last moment. Normally you’d jump on such an opportunity immediately, but, on reflection, I was not sure my playing time was guaranteed.
I might have played 25 games per season. But they wanted me to move to the left-hand side, when I wanted to play on the right. So I preferred to stay in Ligue 1.”
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will renew their interests in both of these players next summer. Sidibe has just joined Monaco, so it’s unlikely that he will switch clubs for the second consecutive summer.
On the back of his performances last season, Mahrez generated a lot of interest in his services this summer.
However, the Algerian has struggled to replicate his form this season and might struggle to generate a similar interest from major European clubs next summer.