And here’s a nice little quote from a bloggetta: “Wenger – speaking to Football.London during Arsenal’s tour of Australia, has now admitted that he has been trying to persuade the teenager to make the move to the Emirates.”

Did the boss actually give an interview to a little bloggy thing?  Did he “admit” what he previously hid?  No of course not.   He gave a press conference, and the Daily Mirror’s man was there, and he  just ran what Mr W said, which was

“Nobody can say they are not interested in a player of that calibre.   He is such an immense quality at 18 years of age. All clubs are interested in him.   He is a player who when he gets up in the morning can choose what he wants to do, where he wants to go.”

“There are not many players who have that kind of luck. He’s 18 years of age and all of Europe has the red carpet out for him.”

Apparently Monaco, who we must remember did beat PSG last season to the title with an average league attendance of 9,499 – the lowest in the top division in France – want to keep him.  That crowd figure was below the average league attendance for League One in England last season.  Lower than Milton Keynes Dons.  Just a little above Millwall.

Monaco have offered the player a 900% pay rise to stay on at the Stade Louis II and play home games in front of under 10,000.