Dean Jones spoke on The Football Terrace about Arsenal and how the Gunners were forced to give up on their pursuit of Yves Bissouma.
Mikel Arteta’s side have been linked with a move for the Brighton midfielder for over six months now. Our interest certainly seemed genuine, with Bissouma even dropping hints about his desire to join Arsenal earlier this summer. (Read here)
However, the rumours surrounding a potential move cooled down and eventually died. Some fans are baffled why Arsenal haven’t pursued a deal for Bissouma, who, in many people’s eyes, is the perfect partner to Thomas Partey in the middle of our park.
Dean Jones: Arsenal were told to give up on Bissouma
Jones was asked why Bissouma is still at Brighton despite all the speculation this summer. He claimed that Arsenal were asked to ‘give up’, which forced the Gunners to end our dream of securing his signature.
He said: “Bissouma is not leaving Brighton. I still haven’t got an answer on why there is no chance of Bissouma leaving Brighton, but Arsenal were told: ‘Just give up on this because he’s not going’. So, there you go.”
“I’m told that basically, he’s at Brighton for this season. Next summer, yeah possibly, maybe Bissouma leaves, but very, very unlikely now unless it’s a ridiculous offer.”
The Insider’s View:
It’s unclear who exactly told Arsenal to ‘give up’. It’s unlikely to be Bissouma or his agents considering that he’s a Gooner himself. It may have been Brighton, who are probably sick of dealing with us after weeks of talks for Ben White.
The big thing to consider here is Arsenal’s stance. Would Bissouma be a great signing for us? Absolutely! However, the Gunners are not even looking for a new midfielder, which means that the Mali international isn’t even an option.
Albert Sambi Lokonga’s arrival, Granit Xhaka extending his contract and Martin Odegaard coming back has eliminated our need for a new central midfielder. Bissouma would still be an exceptional signing, but it’s unlikely to happen – because of Arsenal’s stance, not his.