Things are starting to go from bad to worse for Arsenal supporters at the moment, after yet another player revealed he rejected the chance to join the club.
This time though it’s someone you might not have heard of at all after RB Leipzig midfielder, Naby Keita, revealed he turned down an approach from Arsene Wenger himself.
The 21-year-old states that he held a personal phone call with the Gunners boss, but despite the interest decided to keep his feet firmly on the ground with the Bundesliga side.
Keita, who has been hotly tipped to become a real talent in the near future was also on the radar of several Premier League clubs according to reports, but Arsenal led the chase.
And in an interview with Die Welt, which has been covered by Squawka, the Guinea international has admitted that Wenger was the only manager he held a conversation with.
I only had contact with Wenger, who spoke French to me.
I joined RB because it’s an exciting club with great potential. I didn’t want to move to a big Champions League club immediately. It’s too early.
It’s a decision that makes sense at the time, with so many options in the midfield area it would be likely that Wenger would opt to send Keita back out on loan.
However, in a week that’s been full of disappointment this could be a slight positive with Wenger already looking to the future of the squad after his possible departure.
It makes sense now that he wrapped up the signing of Kelechi Nwakali as an alternative signing, but if Wenger is going to please these supporters than ‘prospects’ are no longer the way forward.
He’s already promised us that signings are on the way, and having stated he’s willing to spend the clubs money in the 13 days that remain we are waiting for a big announcement.