We were as the club that played the most entertaining football in the Premier League and our style then saw us attracted world class players to the club.
There has been a slight departure from the way we play and do business in the transfer market. Invariably, this has affected Arsenal as we have won less trophies than rival clubs and our transfer target prefers to move to other clubs.
According to latest reports, Djibril Sidibe, who laces his boot for Monaco claims he wanted to join Arsenal in the summer but opted for a move with his Ligue One club as he believes he will have more playing time over there.
The 24-year-old, who joined Monaco from Lille in July, claimed that he worked out the Gunners’ line-up in his head and could only see himself featuring in fewer than 20 matches per season
In an interview with France Football, Sidibe said:
“Monaco is one of the great French clubs. From a football perspective, their ambitions in Europe and participation in the Champions League are very interesting.
With Arsenal, I thought about it for a long time, but in terms of playing time, I knew I would be very limited, between 15 and 20 matches.
“That was not formally said to me, but I did their line-up in my head because there is quite strong competition for places.
“So I said to myself, do another year or two in Ligue 1, take as much from it as possible, and why not, then play there [in England].”
The 24-year-old defender can play in all positions at the back and has been impressive. He won 57% of his headed duels, he also completed 57% of his take-ons across 37 league appearances last season.
If Holdings, who has never played top flight football could play for Arsenal, then why not Sidibe.