Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill insists Stephane Sessegnon is perfectly happy at the Stadium of Light, despite reported interest in his signature from Arsenal.
The 27-year-old moved to Wearside from Paris Saint-Germain in January of last year, and has impressed this season with his goalscoring exploits.
Sessegnon has scored eight goals for the Black Cats this term, often playing in a more advanced role than he is usually accustomed to, and has been linked with a summer move away from Sunderland.
According to The Mirror, Arsenal are keen on the Benin international, as are former club PSG.
But O'Neill is desperate to retain the services of Sessegnon, and does not believe he has had his head turned by any transfer speculation.
"Sess has been playing brilliantly," O'Neill told The Journal.
"I have read he's unhappy the whole time, but he couldn't be happier, believe it or not. I don't think he can play like that if he's unhappy.
"He's in great form and I'm sure I won't stop the speculation no matter what I try. We want to keep him at the football club because he's been pretty brilliant."
Sunderland paid £6 million to sign Sessengon and, should Arsenal decide to formalise their interest in the midfielder, Arsene Wenger can expect to pay a substantial rise on that fee.
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