West Ham United playmaker Dimitri Payet has told the club's official website that today's opponents Arsenal are a special club to all French football fans.
Payet, 29, has been one of the stars of the season, hitting a stunning 12 goals and eight assists in a phenomenal first season in the Premier League, following his summer move from Marseille.
Today, Payet and his West Ham team-mates will continue their push for a Champions League place by taking on Arsenal at Upton Park, and the midfielder will hope for another huge performance, having bamboozled the Gunners' defence on the opening day of the season back in August.
As seen in the video above, Payet was called a 'top player' by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ahead of today's game, leaving many Arsenal fans to wonder why the Gunners didn't sign Payet last summer.
Now, Payet has offered his opinion on Arsenal, telling West Ham's official website that the Gunners are a special club to all French football fans, after players like Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Sylvain Wiltord and Robert Pires played such a huge part for Arsenal in the early 2000's.
Payet also raved about manager Wenger, calling him 'extraordinary' for his work in North London, and suggested that any young or relatively known player would be well looked after at the Emirates Stadium if they signed for the club in the future.
"Arsenal are a special club for many French supporters," said Payet. "I watched them a lot especially during the 'Invincible' era when they had Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Sylvain Wiltord and Robert Pires. Arsene Wenger has been an extraordinary manager who has really built the club and made it what it is today, so my hat goes off to him."
"The number of French players Arsenal have brought through is very impressive and many of the players who arrived, especially the young ones were unknown when they arrived to the general public. But all of them have left Arsenal to join top clubs and this is something that we have seen in France. Any young player who joins them will be very well looked after," he added.
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