Kylian Mbappe Explains Why He Rejected Arsenal

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Kylian Mbappe has admitted that Arsenal were desperate to sign him this summer, but he turned down the transfer to seal a move to PSG instead.

Having spearheaded Monaco to the Ligue 1 title last season, Kylian Mbappe has since been linked with a lot of European clubs, but the young starlet eventually sealed a move to Paris Saint-Germain on an initial season-long loan deal.

Premier League giants Arsenal were one of the many clubs who registered their interested in Mbappe, with reports in France confirming that the talented forward held meetings with Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger in June.

Initially, it was speculated that the meeting between Wenger and Mbappe took place on June 14, after France’s friendly against England in Paris.

And now, Mbappe himself has revealed that he met with Wenger, and considered signing for the English club before eventually opting for a move to his boyhood club PSG.

“I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach,” Mbappe told The Daily Telegraph“He has a great reputation here in France, he’s well-respected and knows how to develop young players This was a real option for me. But, of course, Paris Saint-Germain was the main option.

“We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of all the clubs but my family told me it had to be my decision and one I needed to make. It also had to be a long-term decision. So it was up to me and I decided to come here in order to develop.”

Considering Arsenal’s poor start to the season, and the strikers’ woes they faced in the previous seasons, Mbappe would have been an incredible signing for the Gunners had Arsene Wenger pulled off the headline transfer this summer.

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Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam  

United fan since Edwin Van der Sar denied Nicolas Anelka’s penalty to earn a dramatic Euro glory. Firmly believes that Lionel Messi deserves to win the Ballon d’Or until he plays this sport. One time writer for GiveMeSport and Roar. A regular contributor to Sportskeeda and BlameFootball.


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