Ex-player claims Bissouma move shows players are ‘starting to pick Spurs’ over Arsenal

Jamie O'Hara
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Jamie O’Hara has suggested Yves Bissouma’s move to Tottenham is evidence that players are starting to favour a move to Spurs over north London rivals Arsenal. 

Spurs completed the signing of the Brighton midfielder on Friday, who successfully passed a medical at the club’s Hotspur Way training ground earlier in the week. 

The deal for the Mali international is thought to be worth an initial £25 million that could increase to £30 million with potential add-ons (Evening Standard). 

Bissouma becomes Tottenham’s third summer signing for Antonio Conte’s side after sealing the free transfers of Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster. 

The 25-year-old has also previously been linked with a move to Arsenal (GOAL), however Spurs managed to seal a deal in preparation for a season in the Champions League.  

And ex-Spurs midfielder O’Hara believes the move is a statement of intent from his old side and also shows why they are a more appealing team to play for than their north London counterparts. 

He told Grosvenor Sport: “I think he’s a great signing for Spurs, I really do. I really liked him last season at Brighton – athletic, good on the ball, strong, shows good quality.

“I know there were other teams after him – Arsenal, Man United – but it seems as if players are starting to pick Spurs over anyone else, which is the Antonio Conte factor. With Spurs now and the facilities they’ve got, they really mean business. I’m really surprised how well the transfer window is going for them right now.

“The Bissouma move is extra sweet for Spurs fans. That’s the biggest thing right now, Spurs are getting players over their rivals like Arsenal.

“For Spurs to get a player of that quality over Arsenal just shows where they are now and how big getting that Champions League spot was. It’s showing that Spurs are going to attract the better players to their team.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Bissouma is a big signing for Spurs and it shows that they are not content with just finishing in the Champions League places. 

There will be a big debate as to whether Spurs or Arsenal is a more attractive place to play given both clubs are in stages of building, but that shouldn’t exactly be the main talking point. 

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  1. He is a good player but Arsenal already have a player similar to him. Plus, u can have an all African midfield. When the Africa nations cup yr sets in,all your midfielders goes to represent their respective countries. It’s just a tactical approach to signing up the midfielder.


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