Vice president backs €20m summer Arsenal target to come good

Geoffrey Kondogbia has been out of form for AS Monaco this season - but can the former Chelsea and Arsenal player come good?

Arsenal were after a powerful central midfield option and when Real Madrid went for Asier Illaramendi ahead of the young Frenchman it was seemingly plain sailing for Arsenal to get their man.

Kondogbia had a release clause in Seville worth €20 million and made his intention to leave the Sanchez Pizjuan clear to all onlookers.

But then came along moneybags AS Monaco spoiling the party.

The principality liked the look of Kondogbia and figured he would be keen to return to French football in a World Cup year - and he signed a five-year deal at Monaco at the end of August.

Things have not gone well for Kondogbia at the Stade Louis II. He has struggled for playing time and when he has played, been criticised for his performances.

The player himself even had to admit recently that things have not gone well and that he has struggled so far:

"I think I did not realise how difficult it is to come from the Under-20 World Cup with Les Bluets into Ligue 1 without proper preparation. I felt a drop in my physical level."

Kondogbia, who was considered an outside chance for Les Bleus World Cup team, is now struggling to get in a Monaco midfield that contains Joao Moutinho, Jeremy Toulalan and surprise package Mounir Obbadi.

The club’s vice president Vadim Vasiliyev believes he will come good in time, stating this weekend:

“It is only a matter of time, as with James (Rodriguez) ... Geoffrey had no preparation, he discovers a new universe. And Mounir Obbadi did a great job. He is the revelation of our team. Mounir is my first rookie to Monaco when I arrived, and proof that you can have a player without spending large sums of money. Football, take a chance. When Geoffrey takes his, you will see.”

Rodriguez certainly has come back to potentially be the star of the team at the moment - so perhaps the future is still bright for Kondogbia in Monaco.

If not, Arsenal could always snap him up.

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