Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has revealed why he will not consider joining Premier League side Arsenal after a bad experience with the side in 2013.
Arsenal have been able to arrest a slump in form in recent weeks as they have claimed two key wins in the Premier League. Their 2-0 dismantling of Tottenham was very impressive as Spurs were not given a sniff in the game, while a 1-0 win over highflying Burnley was yet another fine result.
Their recent win over Burnley was hardly pretty, with Sean Dyche’s men dominating the first-half. However, the Gunners came out swinging in the second period as they put their hosts under huge pressure, and they eventually went ahead through a late Alexis Sanchez penalty.
The win allowed them to maintain their momentum as they look to retake a Champions League place that has been firmly in their grasp for so many years. It also displayed the backbone that many fans and critics have accused them of lacking in recent years.
A return to the Champions League would allow Arsene Wenger’s team to once again attract the best talent, which is vital as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are tipped to leave at the end of their contracts.
However, one man that will not be joining Arsenal is Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann who, in his autobiography ‘Behind The Smile’, claimed: “I waited, I waited, and I kept waiting … when there was no news, Eric called Grimandi, who said that the manager was still interested in me [and] to keep waiting“, as reported by The Telegraph.
“Finally a few hours before the market closed, he let us know Arsenal would not make a move. I don’t like to be told something and for it not to happen”.
“So when Eric told me later that the London club were interested again I told him: ‘Forget it, after the blow they gave us”.
Despite the future of the French-star being a hotly contested topic, it seems that Arsenal are some way down the pecking order.