The number of players to be linked with Arsenal moves over the past few months of transfer speculation will fill Britannica volumes, but also quickly consuming pages are the number of those who are fixing their gazes on moving to the Emirates, with another French star seemingly wanting only an Arsenal move if he’s to leave France.
That is at least what we will believe according to Mohamed Fekir, the father of in-demand Lyon midfielder, Nabil Fekir. The 21-year old has been rumoured as one of our transfer targets going into the January window, but there has also been interest from Premier League rivals, Manchester City. The youngster has been influential in an exciting campaign for Lyon which sees them on course for a finish within the Champions League places, and his father insists only a bid from the Gunners can make him abandon such a pursuit.
“Nabil would like to finish first or second and play Champions League football with Lyon,” Mohamed Fekir told Le Parisien.
“If he leaves, it will be for Arsenal. It is the only club that can enable him to progress, with Arsène Wenger. He will not go to Manchester City to sit on the bench.”
Wenger may not be the most modern manager when it comes to tactical flexibility but what he has remained celebrated for is his willingness to give everyone who deserves a chance one to show what he’s got, and that seems to be the conviction of Monsieur Fekir. City’s huge financial base from the Mansour family gives them the edge over us in bids over players, as they did with Stefan Jovetic, and even former players Nasri and Adebayor. That won’t count for much in Fekir’s case as the player’s father apparently – rightly – values his son’s development over any monstrous sums of money to be potentially handed down.
Nabil himself has not shied away from being linked with the Emirates and will surely continue to impress so as to keep the possibility open. In a recent chat with Telefoot, he did not mask his desire to see the newspaper rumours come through someday, even if he declared the compulsory loyalty to his current employers.
“Arsenal? It’s a pleasure to know that clubs are interested,” he said.
“But for now I’m well at OL. I’m an ambitious person. I hope I’ll get to play in a big club one day. It’s a dream. I hope I’ll be able to realize it someday.”
The youngster’s ambition must be to get to a big club where he can play regularly and rather than go the way of the likes of Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair who wasted their talents on City’s bench, Nabil’s father would rather entrust him to Wenger.
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