France defender Djibril Sidibe has claimed he turned down Arsenal this summer fearing he would not play regularly.
The 24-year-old joined Monaco from Lille in July, but only after the Gunners failed with a late bid, and he has now opened up on his decision to turn down the move.
Sidibe says it is his dream to one day play in the Premier League but for now he is happy with his decision to sign for Monaco.
“I was on the brink (of signing for Monaco) and (Arsenal) gave me a headache by making a bid at the last moment,” he told Le Parisien on Monday.
“After reflecting on it, I was not certain my playing time would be guaranteed.
“I would have played maybe 25 games this season, including the cups. They also wanted to use me on the left whereas I want to establish myself on the right.
“I chose to stay in Ligue 1 and then leave for the Premier League next year because it is a competition that greatly appeals to me.”
Sidibe has started five of Monaco’s eight Ligue 1 games this season and scored after two minutes in the 4-1 win away to his former club. He has also featured five times in the Champions League.