Kylian Mbappe opens up about rejecting Arsenal
The PSG striker discusses his decision to turn down a move to Arsenal in 2017 to leave Arsene Wenger disappointed
Kylian Mbappe has revealed that Arsene Wenger reacted in a gracious manner after he turned down Arsenal to move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.
The France international established himself as one of Europe’s brightest prospects following an impressive start to his career at AS Monaco.
Mbappe scored 26 times in 44 games in all competitions in the 2016-17 season to help Monaco win the French title despite being an inexperienced 18-year-old raw talent.
Arsenal were linked with a swoop to sign Mbappe in the 2017 summer transfer window as Wenger looked to smash the north London side’s transfer record.
However, the French forward completed a loan move to PSG ahead of his subsequent £160m permanent switch to the Ligue 1 champions.
Mbappe repaid a large chunk of his transfer fee with 35 goals in 59 games in all competitions since his controversial switch to PSG from AS Monaco.
The World Cup winner spoke of his appreciation for Wenger and the former Arsenal manager’s reaction to Mbappe declining a move to The Emirates.
“He [Wenger] is a real French football monument who has left Arsenal,” Mbappe told France Football, as quoted by Metro. “I have not seen many people in this world being viewed in such a unanimous way.
“When the entirety of Europe gets on its knees in front of him to celebrate him, that certainly means something.
“A little while ago, before I signed for PSG, we were in contact in 2017. I chose a different direction but he wasn’t annoyed at me.
“He was a gentleman about it and wished me good luck.”
Arsenal are in a good position in terms of attacking options given the prolific form of both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang became the first Premier League player to hit double figures this season when he scored twice in last weekend’s 4-2 win over Spurs in the north London derby.