Arsenal send scouts to Ligue 1 fixture – but who were they watching?


The Gunners are believed to have had representatives in attendance at Lille’s clash with St Etienne, with Pape Souare in their gaze.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a reputation for being meticulous in the transfer market and likes to be thoroughly convinced about a player’s merits before bringing him to north London.

The latest player in the Emirates Stadium club’s gaze is believed to be promising Lille full-back Pape Souare, who is making a real impression for Les Dogues in Ligue 1.

Scouts from the Premier League leaders were thought to be in attendance at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Friday night to watch St Etienne beat Lille 2-0 in Ligue 1, if a report by French source But! is to be believed.

Souare is a Senegal international who is playing his debut season with Lille’s first team at left-back. The defender has been a virtual ever-present for Rene Girard’s men this season, starting 20 of Lille’s 21 domestic fixtures.

The African defender has caught the eye due to his solid defensive showings and willingness to get forward; Souare has also scored three goals from defence this season.

The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Reims, but has now made the left-back spot at Lille his own this term.

image: © Julien Haler

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