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Arsenal dealt blow in pursuit of new wing back signing

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Monaco’s full back Djibril Sidibe has signed a new five year deal to remain in France. The French internationalvwas reportedly a target for Arsenal.

Manchester United were also in the running for the 24 year old, according to the Sun, but it seems the defender is one of the few players who is happy to stay at the Ligue One champions this summer.

Arsenal and Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe is well documented, but Bernardo Silva’s move to Manchester City, Benjamin Mendy’s protracted switch to the Etihad, as well as Tiemoue Bakayoko’s imminent arrival at Chelsea, means the Ligue One side are having to deal with an exodus of players.

Sidibe’s decision to remain may still come as a disappointment to Arsenal though. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is likely to stick with three at the back next season, and with the only other real alternative at right wing back to Bellerin being Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, a new signing in that position could have strengthened the squad. Both Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson are free to leave this summer and are not in Arsene Wenger’s future plans.

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