‘You Should Play For Arsenal’ – Attacker Told He Can Join Gunners

By on March 5, 2014

Outspoken Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has told attacker Remy Cabella he should join a team like Arsenal instead of long-term admirers Newcastle United.

Cabella has attracted interest from throughout Europe after enjoying an excellent season with Montpellier in Ligue 1, scoring 10 goals and providing 5 assists in 25 appearances so far.

Newcastle were strongly linked with the 23-year-old in January and are expected to renew their interest this summer, while Arsene Wenger is also understood to be among those managers keeping a close eye on the players progress.

While Nicollin has confirmed he won’t stand in the players way if he wants to leave, he’s told the attacking midfielder to join a big club like Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City, PSG or Monaco ahead of a move to St James’ Park.

“Newcastle? They’re good, aren’t they?”

“Don’t make me laugh. In England, you should play at Arsenal or Chelsea or either of the Manchester teams at a push.

“We promised to let him leave. But I’ll advise him not to leave for just anywhere.”

“I wouldn’t prevent him from leaving but he’s not made for that. He must find a good French club [like] Monaco or PSG.

“Remember all the big players. First of all, they left their team, they went to a bigger French club and then they left [France] and had their career.

“Remy should do the same.” [Source: Daily Star]

So, Nicollin is clearly not a fan of the Magpies. It’s little wonder when you consider the fact that the last player he sold to Newcastle was highly-rated defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 12 months ago, but the France international has failed to settle and has spent much of his time on the bench. Nicollin added:

“For my dear Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Newcastle is not paradise.”

Cabella is certainly a huge talent but I’m not convinced we’ll make any serious move for him this summer. While Nicollin is obviously keen for the player to join a club like Arsenal, Arsene Wenger seems to have other targets in mind, such as Julian Draxler or Antoine Griezmann.

Do you rate Cabella? Would you buy him this summer?


  1. Tim

    March 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Its not a case of MYM not being able to settle, hes simply not been good enough to displace Williamson, which should tell you all you need to know. Its not as if we signed his star player and refused to play him out of spite. Its only natural though I suppose, if a French club started stealing all our English talent then they’d be viewed with suspicion also. The ironic thing is, when all things are considered, NUFC will be the perfect club for Cabella start his career in english football. Just ask Sisokko, Remy and Cabaye. All on the fringes of the national squad when they joined and now all guaranteed places on the plane. If Nicollin really wanted the best for Cabella then he’d be advising him to stay well away from a supposed top 4 club, slip in at the middle and work your way up. Then again, he knows a top 4 club will pay what he wants and we won’t.

  2. dean0002

    March 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I’ll believe it when I see it. We missed the better fit in NOT signing Younes Belhander last year (went to eastern Europe instead).

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