Sidibe reveals Arsenal snub

Aung Thu at Muangthong United

New Monaco defender Djibril Sidibé says he rejected Arsenal in order to progress further in his career at one of Europe's most ambitious clubs.

The French youth international joined the Ligue 1 side this summer from domestic rivals Lille for 15 million euro and, while admitting the Gunners would have been a dream move, he felt the lack of guaranteed first-team football would not be ideal at this stage of his career.

He felt the risks of moving to the English Premier League too early were to great right now, but the explosive full-back has not ruled out a potential move in the future.

"Monaco is one of the great French clubs," the 24-year old told France Football. "From a football perspective, their ambitions in Europe are very interesting.

"I needed a place where I could progress with quality players, even if that already existed at Lille. With Arsenal, I hesitated 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. And then in England, it is a risk.

"A lot of young players have gone there without the necessary skills. 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]."