With just a couple of days left to the official opening of the January transfer window, both clubs and players alike have started gearing up for the upcoming winter transfer business, with some players even sounding out their interest to various club of interest.
According to Sport Witness, French midfield star, Moussa Sissoko, has virtually offered himself to Arsene Wenger in January, if the words of his interview with L’Equipe is anything to go by.
The 25-year old is one of the Premier League’s top midfielders at the moment and surely one of Alan Pardew’s cornerstones at Newcastle, his versatility making him useful in a variety of positions in midfield, and attack. Sissoko is believed to be one of those whom Wenger has an eye on for January and the Frenchman has only now made it easier with his blunt revelation.
“When I was young, Arsenal was my favourite club” Sissoko said.
“There was my idol Patrick Vieira. I’ve always loved this club. I still love them. 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.”
Sissoko here sounds as though he is so interested in a move to Arsenal, that it will only take a Wenger phone call to sign, seal and have it delivered. Of course he went on to insist he was still a Magpie at the moment despite having the lofty ambitions every footballer aspires after – Champions League, winning trophies, and those other mentioned by fellow Blue, Morgan Schneiderlin.
The Gunners are surely in need of midfielders at the moment as injuries have drastically limited the options available to Wenger, a paucity that was all to evident in the drab draw with Liverpool. Both midfielders have the size and capacity to fulfill what is required at the Emirates now and a January move for anyone – or even both – would go a long way to palliate the weaknesses currently troubling our team.
There’s hardly been any Arsenal midfielder who has been available for every single game in the League this season without having one injury concern or the other, and knowing full well the necessity of a consistent team in the pursuit for the club’s aspirations this season, there would have to be the search for the kind of player who will provide some solidity to the team.
Going by Sunday evening’s performance, Oxlade-Chamberlain may have the technique to burst forward and pick passes, but the physical presence required to play a key role in central midfield, he can’t learn or acquire. And such we could find in this Newcastle man.
Sissoko is one of the most in form midfielders in the Premier League at the moment, not necessarily due to his goals but because of his all round display for Newcastle. Though he could be blamed for his role in Adam Johnson’s winner in the Tyneside derby, two of his only goals for the Geordies this season have come in crucial games – the first being in the win at the Etihad in the League Cup as well as the winner at home to Harry Rednknapp’s QPR in November.
Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, does not have the reputation of holding players back when they are desirous of a move provided it comes at a good bill of health to his pocket. As much as opposition would be expected from Pardew, there will be great motivation for Sissoko to join in January with the irresistible poison of Champions League which saw Yohan Cabaye leave last winter a possible factor to favour an exit, if administered in similar dosage.
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