Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has given the clearest indication yet that he would consider a move to Arsenal after declaring his love for the club in an interview with the French newspaper L'Equipe.
The 25-year-old has been been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in the New Year, as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger continues his search for reinforcements ahead of the January window.
After confirming his boyhood allegiance to the north London club, Sissoko also revealed aspirations to win trophies and test himself in the Champions League, factors which all point to a possible departure from St James' Park in 2015.
The France international insisted he is happy playing for the Magpies, but if Arsenal came in with an offer that Alan Pardew deemed acceptable then don't be surprised to see Sissoko in an Arsenal shirt next year.
"When I was young, Arsenal was my favourite club," he explained, in his quotes translated by Sport Witness. "There was my idol Patrick Vieira. I've always loved this club, I still love them.
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"Afterwards, there was a lot of rumours. 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.
"I have ambition. My goal is to play at the best clubs, playing the Champions League, win trophies, but today I am a Magpie and I am very happy."
Still, Sissoko's comments will give encouragement to Arsenal supporters hopeful of securing his signature. If Wenger decides that the combative star would fit in to his team, and Newcastle give the player their blessing to leave, then a January deal is surely possible.
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