Arsenal is a known destination for French player, including those plying their trade in Ligue 1 (except that Newcastle and Derek Llamblas have been trying to break this monopoly), and rumours linking them with a move to Arsenal is common phenomenon. However, not so common is the player publicly declaring his interest to make a move to Arsenal.
This is exactly the case with AS Monaco’s striker, Emmanuel Riviere, who
has stated that it is his life-long dream to play at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s season has crumbled in recent months and they are presently in a
fourth place battle with Everton, a far cry from their table topping
performance in December. The club is therefore looking to improve squad
quality and is reportedly on the lookout for another striker who can
impose himself on the game a ‘la Didier Drogba’ style at Chelsea, and the
24-year old has thrown himself into reckoning for the job.
Arsenal have the ‘unreliable’ Olivier Giroud, also a Frenchman, and Yaya
Sanogo who is… erhm, a French man and Riviere may be ready to join the
French fellowship at Arsenal. The former Saint-Etienne forward declared
that it is his dream to play for the Gunners and will make sure it comes
“England is my dream since I was a kid, I was dreaming of Arsenal. You
have to believe and never let go,” he said.
The Espoir Saint-Luce academy product joined moneybags AS Monaco last year January for €4 million and has scored 10 goals in 28 games this season.
striker who excels in a lone striker role however feels anything can
happen at the club this summer with the Principality club set to spend big
again; a situation which could leave the youngster on the fringes at the club
and a move could be on the cards, as echoed by the player himself.
“I’m good at Monaco today, I have three years left on my contract. There
will surely be reinforcements this summer. We will see what happens,” he
The summer is set to be a busy one at the Emirates as tons of players are
linked with Arsenal and it would be interesting to see which one finds its
way through the door of the club. Maybe the French Revolution which has
served Wenger very well during his tenure.