Fresh from a thrilling North London derby, Arsenal and Spurs are ready to battle it out again – this time over the signing of Sunderland attacking-midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.
According to several reports, including in the Daily Mail, the North London rivals want the Benin international as both look to boost their attacking options.
Sessegnon has been in great form this season, particularly since Martin O’Neill took over at the Stadium of Light. The attacker has six goals and seven assists in the Premier League and has been the catalyst for several important victories as the Black Cats have surged up the table.
He arrived at Sunderland from Paris Saint Germain last January, and although it took him six months to adapt to the Premier League, he has been one of the stand-out performers this season, with his impressive speed complementing his array of tricks. He also has an eye for goal despite playing deeper than a conventional striker.
I think that Sessegnon is definitely capable of stepping up a level and playing in Europe. He has all the tools to be a top player, he is an intelligent footballer and he is just reaching his peak.
Arsenal would probably be a more likely destination. Arsene Wenger will have been aware of Sessegnon for years with his knowledge of French football and it seems Arsenal need him more. With Andrey Arshavin on-loan in Russia and Yossi Benayoun to probably return to Chelsea in the summer.
I can see him slotting in well for Arsenal, he would fit in with their style easily and give them something different going forward. At Spurs he would most probably play wide-right, which would probably be a slight waste of his talents, as they already have an abundance of attacking quality.
He would most likely play wide at the Emirates Stadium too, but Arsenal’s style is more flexible and he would be allowed to get involved centrally.
This could just be Sessgnon’s agent sounding out for a move, as his client is clearly Sunderland’s star player. Perhaps he is just trying to find out who is interested.
And although I think he would be a hit on either side of North London, I can’t see Sessgnon moving there. Wenger will be looking at younger players as he looks to build another great Arsenal team, and as I said Spurs already have more than enough attacking midfielders.
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