M'Bengue claims Gunners interest
Toulouse chief insists no players will leave now league has started
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: August 20, 2012 6:48pm
Cheikh M'Bengue: Would be keen on a move to Arsenal
Toulouse left-back Cheikh M'Bengue claims Arsenal are interested in signing him and he would be keen on a move to Emirates Stadium.
The 24-year-old is under contract at the Ligue 1 side until 2014 but says his agent has spoken with the club's chairman after the Gunners made their interest known.
Senegal international M'Bengue is flattered to have caught Arsene Wenger's eye and would relish the prospect of a Premier League switch.
He told L'Equipe: "Arsenal's interest? To be honest I didn't expect it. When such a big club is thinking about you, it is great pleasure, but you are above all surprised.
"It is really flattering. Moreover, the Premier League is the league where I would like to play."
Asked if he had talked to either club about the situation, he added: "Not at all. I am only focused on the pitch.
"My agent is managing that and I believe he had talks with Toulouse's chairman."
The defender does not believe Toulouse would block a move if Arsenal do come knocking before the transfer window closes.
"I didn't forecast I would be leaving, I have 2 years remaining on my contract, but it would be difficult to accept to be forced to stay," he said.
"Indeed, I am a key part of the Toulouse squad. I have no agreement to leave or any clause on my contract.
"But you cannot refuse Arsenal, if everyone can benefit from it. I hope if there is an exciting proposition, the chairman won't block me.
"You also have to consider player's interest. Arsenal would be great."
Despite M'Bengue's optimisim, the club's chairman, Olivier Sadran, is adamant no further players will be leaving now the Ligue 1 campaign is underway.
He said: "To me everything is very clear. The championship has started. No one else will leave now."