Here's a bit of background. We've been scouting Matuidi for several years, since Damien Comolli was in that role for us in fact. Well, Comolli is now St. Etienne's director of football, who are Matuidi current club. And Arsene has been in contact with the former Arsenal scout.
A quote from Matuidi said:
“I asked myself questions at the end of August after Arsenal showed their interest. An opportunity to join them is not something ordinary. It gives you great self-esteem – it is Arsenal. At the end of the season we will have talks, anything is possible.”
Apparently, he has an agreement with Saint Etienne that he can talk to Arsenal at the end of the season, which is now… I’m not one for idle speculation, but there may just be something in this.
And continued very recently:
“Playing abroad excites me more than anything else. I want to test myself and see how I well I do in the best league in the world, English Premier League. l’m obviously it would be fantastic for me to move there, especially when you know their style of play. There has been contact, but for now I can not say more”
I’ll try my best to dig up more information on this story, but rumours about Matuidi are growing fast… here’s a video in the meantime:
So, the question remains… Would you rather have Blaise Matuidi or Gareth Barry?]]>