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Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe reveals he turned down Arsenal during the summer

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Sidibe was on standby for France's Euro 2016 squad before making his full global debut for the senior side in September.

However, he made a decision to turn down the move after having reservations not only about his time on the field, but also what position he would be deployed in by Wenger.

However, he has revealed the Gunners made a late bid for his services and while he did turn the Gunners down he is hopeful of moving to the Premier League next year.

Sidibe has turned out on five occasions for the principality outfit in the Champions League.

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"I was on the brink [of signing for Monaco] and [Arsenal] gave me a headache by making a bid at the last moment", he told Le Parisien.

"Normally, you jump straight away at that occasion, but, on reflection, I was not sure my playing time was guaranteed", Sidibe added. "So, I preferred to stay in Ligue 1 to get a maximum of experience and leave for the Premier League next year, because it's a league that I'm really attracted to".

The 24-year-old, who started his professional career with Troyes, has scored once in seven appearances for Monaco this season.

With Bacary Sagna injured, Sidibe is set to replace the Manchester City player at right-back for Les Bleus against Netherlands in Monday's 2018 World Cup qualifier, although he acknowledged he remains behind his rival in Didier Deschamps' pecking order.

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