Responding to speculation linking him with a move to Arsene Wenger’s side, Sissoko said in July: “It is very flattering. Arsenal are one of the best European teams.
“To be watched by that sort of club proves that you are a quality player.”
He added “Everyone knows Arsenal are the club of my heart because there were quite a few French players there like Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Patrick Vieira who was my idol. The beautiful Arsenal.”