Ligue 1 youth flattered by Gunners speculation

Following his decision to stay in France despite heavy summer speculation, Benjamin Mendy has admitted his pleasure at gaining the attention of Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger.

The 17 year-old was being linked with a move to the Premier League but instead opted to sign his first professional contract with Le Havre.

Speaking to French publication L’Equipe, Mendy commented: “There was interest from a lot of clubs. I know Arsenal were one. But I have a sensible head on my shoulders. I am still living at the education centre here with my friends who play for the reserves. I have not changed.”

Mendy remains aware of the Gunners’ interest in his signature, adding: “After Le Havre, I would like to spend two seasons in Ligue 1 and then go to England. I would then like to go to Barcelona, where my idol Dani Alves plays.”

Reports had associated the teenager with a move to the Emirates Stadium over the summer before Andre Santos confirmed he would be moving to the North London club.

However, the situation has changed at Arsenal and the side are struggling to field a natural left-back with both Kieran Gibbs and Santos spending time on the injury table.

This could lead Wenger to go back in for the Ligue 2 full-back, who fits the transfer policy of the club down to a tee.

Despite his French nationality, it’s Mendy’s age that makes him another candidate for Wenger’s attention, fitting in with the growth tactic that the Gunners boss adheres to so often.

The £1m-rated defender would prove a more economical option for the side who are currently being linked with stars such as Eric Abidal and Aly Cissokho, however his lack of top flight experience could prove a major risk.

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