Arsenal players cannot reject bigger moves, claims PetitNovember 16, 2017
Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has said the current squad cannot reject moves to teams like Real Madrid or Barcelona.
The comments come from the Frenchman after a number of links between the Spanish duo and Tottenaham Hotspur’s Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
Petit, who used to play for Spurs’ rival side Arsenal has seen the likes of Thierry Henry, Thomas Vermaelen and Cesc Fabregas all leave the Emirates stadium for the Camp Nou.
Whilst, current Gunners players Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla have been linked with a move and Petit believes that different to that of their rivals, Spurs, they would find it hard to reject a move.
“Tottenham are not yet at the same level as Arsenal – but their players have a loyalty and pride in their club that the Arsenal players don’t,” Petit told Paddy Power.
“The Gunners’ best players often want to leave, and this has been the case for a while now.
“Whereas, I get the feeling that there is far more motivation and commitment at Spurs.
“It’s often asked ‘what would happen is Real Madrid or Barcelona came in for Harry Kane and Dele Alli?’ But I have the feeling that, unlike in the past, these guys would choose to stay.
“Five years ago, they would have left without hesitation – but the future is bright for the Lilywhites.”
Meanwhile, Barcelona have strongly been linked with a move for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.
The long rumoured interest from Barca in the Brazilian international almost saw a summer move come to life, but Anfield bosses held strong and rejected such bids from the Catalan giants.
Further interest have emerged and it is reported that a January bid is being prepared with Barca boss Ernesto Valverde keen to build on his impressive start to both the domestic and European season.
Coutinho, who is set to face England for Brazil this week in an international friendly seemingly put an end to such rumours for the time being, telling reporters: “I’m playing in one of the biggest leagues in the world, I’m always happy.”
But, the former Espanyol man’s comments have not stopped reports by media in Spain from claiming a deal is almost close.