"I wouldn't say no to Arsenal move," says €30m Ligue 1 star

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Montpellier defender Emir Spahic desperately wants to seal a January move to Arsenal.

The 29-year-old Bosnia captain was thought to be on the radar of the north Londoners during the summer and the reported interest led the Montpellier president to slap a whopping €30 million price tag on the head of his prized asset.

LouLou Nicollin said: "[Spahic] has three years remaining on his contract. They [Arsenal] signed [Laurent] Koscielny from Lorient for €12 million, and Spahic is worth three times what Koscielny is worth."

Now, in an exclusive interview with, Spahic has revealed his hope that Arsenal revive their interest during the transfer window.

“When I first heard about Arsenal’s interest in the summer it was something really special to me," he said.

“When a club like Arsenal are interested it is something special for any footballer, and I was honoured. Unfortunately a deal could not work, and we could not conclude a deal.

“My management were in talks with Arsenal. I don’t know what happened in the end, but I ended up staying in Montpellier. Then Mr Wenger bought another player, and that is football, it happens quite often.

“Currently I have not heard from Arsene Wenger. But my management are in talks with a couple of other Premier League clubs. I am actually waiting for some news.

“If Arsenal were interested again I could not say no. In the summer Montpellier were not interested in selling me because he (the manager) did not want to weaken the team. But I hope that something could happen in the next 7-10 days. Arsenal would be something really special for me personally.”

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