Speaking to reporters during his pre-match press conference, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger chimed into the debate regarding Dimitri Payet's situation at West Ham, claiming that the Frenchman is not known for the kind of antics which have made him the target for such heavy criticism in the world of football, as quoted by the Daily Star.
Slaven Bilic yesterday shared how the 29-year-old star refused to play for the Hammers, and demanded a transfer away from the club this month.
Arsenal themselves have been linked with a move for the mercurial playmaker, but Wenger distanced himself from a bid, and explained how he hopes both the club and player can sort out their differences, as quoted by the Daily Star:
West Ham United's Dimitri Payet with manager Slaven Bilic
“The vibes you get from outside are not very positive, I must say. I hope just that West Ham and Payet can sort this situation out, because from the outside it looks very complicated. I always was against the January transfer window. You would not have this kind of story. I believe in a way it’s easy news and easy interest for the Premier League, but on the other hand I believe it’s completely against the spirit of what a football club should be."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Bilic explained how the Frenchman will be left out of the first-team squad, until he can prove his commitment to the club, but he was adamant that they would not be selling Payet.
From the outside looking in, it must seem like a strange situation.
It's understandable that the Croatian would not want to lose his best player, but on the other hand they have an asset, whose value will only diminish as time goes on.
And with more than two weeks still remaining before the transfer window slams shut, there will surely be more twist and turns to come in the Dimitri Payet story.