Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko admits his Arsenal affection

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen

The Newcastle United winger says Arsenal are the club of his heart.

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen

Quoted by Sky Sports, Newcastle United winger Moussa Sissoko has admitted that he is flattered to be linked to a club as "beautiful" as Arsenal.

It was a reported in The Mirror a couple of months ago that the Gunners were keen to sign the Frenchman, who was relegated with Newcastle this past season.

Speculation has slowed since but it remains to be seen which, if any, of the Magpies' big-name players will stay at St James's Park and slug it out in the Championship next term.

Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele (L) in action with Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko

One man who certainly does not seem keen on life in the second tier is the 26-year-old, who admits he has long felt a certain way about Arsenal, given their illustrious history of signing and improving French players.

He said, via Sky Sports: "It is very flattering. Arsenal is one of the best European teams.

"Everyone knows, I often said it when I was young, Arsenal is the club of my heart, because there were quite a few French players there like Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Patrick Vieira who was my idol…

"The beautiful Arsenal. We will see. I cannot tell you if I am going to go to Arsenal. For the moment, I am focused on the French national team and the Euros."

Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko (L) in action with Liverpool's Luis Suarez

Many Newcastle fans may be indifferent to the prospect of Sissoko - who joined the club in 2013 - leaving Tyneside.

He, along with many others, did not cover himself in glory this past season, but he is now one of United's longest serving outfield players and he perhaps should have stood out among the rest.

Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring the second goal for Newcastle United with manager Rafael Benitez

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