Djibril Sidibe confirms he rejected Arsenal in summer - explains two reasons why

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Arsenal left it late to appease their fans this summer when, just days before the transfer window slammed shut, they finally addressed their weakness at the centre of defence with the signing of Shkodran Mustafi.

The German has impressed in his early career in north London, however, he was far from the only defender Arsene Wenger enquired about during the summer window.

One player who could have been turning out for the Gunners instead of Mustafi is France international Djibril Sidibe. That's after the Monaco star revealed he turned down Arsenal during the offseason, and even went into detail on the two issues that put him off a move to the Emirates.

"I was on the brink [of signing for Monaco] and [Arsenal] gave me a headache by making a bid at the last moment," Sidibe, told Le Parisien, via The Mirror.

Given Wenger's strong tradition of nurturing French talent, you might think the 24-year-old, who joined Monaco from fellow Ligue 1 side Lille in July, would have been keen on a move to Arsenal.

However, despite the Gunners' well-documented issues at the heart of their defence, it appears Sidibe wasn't convinced that he'd get the opportunity to impress immediately at the Premier League side.

"I would have played maybe 25 games this season, including the cups," he continued.

In fairness, when Arsenal were making their move for the Frenchman, Per Mertesacker was still healthy and available so Sidibe may well be right about his potential playing time.

In reality, though, the big German's injury has meant his eventual replacement, Mustafi, has walked straight into the starting XI and that would likely have been the case for Sidibe too.

However, it wasn't just a lack of minutes that saw the three cap France international spurn Arsenal's interest. A fear that Wenger and co. would play him slightly out of position also worried him.

"They also wanted to use me on the left whereas I want to establish myself on the right."

There is hope for the Gunners yet, though.

Sidibe may have only just joined Monaco but he has also gone on record to reveal his plans to play in the Premier League as soon as next season.

"I chose to stay in Ligue 1 and then leave for the Premier League next year because it is a competition that greatly appeals to me," he said.

Unfortunately for Arsenal, with the defender's career trajectory on the rise following his international debut in September, he will likely cost a lot more than he would have done this summer should they renew their interest in 2017.

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