African playmaker admits Arsenal interest

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Adel Taarabt has fueled a potential transfer fire by suggesting Arsenal would get the best out of his talents.

The Moroccan international playmaker has been earning rave reviews for his performances in the nPower Championship, leading to speculation that the player could make the step-up to a higher level.

His own individual preference appears to be the Gunners, and Taarabt told the Evening Standard that he was originally going to join Arsenal before moving to Spurs back in 2007.

"He (Damien Comolli) was at Arsenal then. But, when I was going to go to Arsenal, he moved to Tottenham.

“He told me: 'Come to Tottenham. We want to do like they do at Arsenal and take the best young players in the world. You're going to have a better chance there.' I believed him. This was a mistake and I regret it."


Still only 21, Taarabt moved to England from Lens but failed to earn a regular spot at White Hart Lane during his three years at the club.

His final season was spent on loan at Loftus Road, who completed a £600,000 move to sign the player permanently before the start of the season. He has gone on to be a revelation under Neil Warnock.

However, the opportunity to play for Arsenal under Wenger would be too good to turn down for the African ace, who would love the opportunity to ply his trade in north London at the Emirates.

"I like the way Arsenal play. If Arsenal come, of course, I'll be very happy."

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