Posted on Saturday, 2nd March 2013 by The Goon
Arsenal are among three Premier League sides who are monitoring Aurelien Chedjou after the Lille centre-back signaled his intention to leave the Ligue 1 club at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old has been somewhat ever-present for Lille this season, starting 24 of a possible 26 Ligue 1 games, as well as featuring five times in the Champions League for Rudi Garcia’s side.
His impressive performances for the French outfit have not gone unnoticed as reports have linked him with the likes of Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool, as well as other clubs around Europe.
And after six years at Lille, the Cameroon international seems ready to seek new pastures.
The powerful centre-back was quoted on Skysports.com:
‘I don’t want to sound pretentious, but I feel ready to join a top European team. Then it will be up to me to make a name for myself there.
‘I am ambitious but I am not saying that I am a (Nemanja) Vidic, Rio Ferdinand or John Terry, who have proved a lot and are older than me. I can dream and say I believe I can be as good as them.
‘I have always wanted to play in England. There are great players there and you play at a high level.
‘I won’t say it is my dream and if I don’t find a club there I will refuse another country. There are other attractive destinations, such as Germany, Spain, three or four Italian clubs and maybe Turkey.’
‘A summer departure? Starting speculation is not my style.
‘If at the end of the season I am told the club want to bring young players through and I get a good offer for myself and the club, that will present an opportunity to leave on good terms. That is what I want.
‘We agreed with the club officials last summer that if I enjoyed a good season and there was an offer which would benefit everyone, I could leave.’
Arsenal have struggled defensively this season and many fans and pundits have, in the past, urged Arsene Wenger to strengthen this department of the team. The Frenchman done so by signing Per Mertesacker in summer 2011, but the German has just now settled into the side yet back-line still appear to be having problems.
With both Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou set to depart The Emirates at the end of the season, Arsenal will no doubt need to recruit at least one centre-back in the summer transfer window to bolster the defence. But is Chedjou that man?
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