Sidibe confirms Arsenal offer

Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe says Arsenal were interested in securing his services during the last transfer window, but he had already decided to sign for the Ligue 1 club.

The 24-year-old was reportedly closely monitored by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger prior to acquiring World-Cup winning centre-back Shkodran Mustafi.

Sidibe recalls the chain of events, telling Le10Sport: "I came from a big season with plenty of goals.

"I had been decisive on many occasions. After, there was this call-up for the France team. Somehow I expected offers. It came.

"It is true that this offer [from Arsenal] came at the last moment. I had already made my choice for Monaco. But it's very flattering.

"Today, Arsenal is one of the biggest teams in the world. As I said, today I am in Monaco. I'm happy and I know it has been interpreted in a certain way. But that's part of the trade."

The Frenchman has made 16 appearances for the Principality outfit in all competitions this season since arriving from Lille in July on a five-year deal.