Abdoulaye Doucoure has revealed that he has had contact with Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool – over a possible transfer.
Being interviewed on French TV channel Telefoot, the midfielder confirmed that we are among those who have indicated that they would like to sign him:
“It`s true that these clubs are interested. But I`m at Watford for the moment and I want to finish my season well.”
Surprisingly though, the Frenchman also made it known he would like a move to Arsenal, because of their manager.
I know for some French players Wenger is well thought of, but it really shouldn`t be the main consideration when choosing a new club.
Having finished 11pts ahead of the Gunners last season and well ahead of them already this campaign, the power has truly started to shift in our direction; however, it seems the pull of playing under Arsene still remains alluring for some.
It cannot be argued that he has had an excellent season with Watford, but who would he replace in our side currently? He generally plays in central midfield and would offer competition to both Dembele and Wanyama in the middle of the park; however, we do have great depth in this position already with Dier, Sissoko and Harry Winks who is busy establishing himself in the 1st team over the past two seasons.
With Arsenal`s central midfield options weak with Santi Cazorla injured, Granit Xhaka struggling, and Jack Wilshere still not signed up to a new deal, perhaps the Hornets enforcer senses there are better playing opportunities for himself at the Emirates.
Choosing the Gunners over us, with our team now very much in the ascendency, suggests a lack of ambition from the player, or at the very least, he lacks the desire to fight for his place in our starting XI.