Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure looks set to be in demand this summer, and the Frenchman has declared his intentions.
Doucoure, 25, has starred for Watford this season, notching seven goals from midfield for the Hornets whilst impressing with his box-to-box ability at Vicarage Road.
The former Rennes star is now attracting major interest, with the Frenchman admitting – as quoted by The Mirror – that Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all want to sign him.
Doucoure even noted that, if he could choose any of those clubs to sign for, he would want to join Arsenal, because of manager Arsene Wenger.
Wenger's pulling power with French players over the years has been well documented, given his work with the likes of Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Lauren Koscielny.
Doucoure seemingly wants to join that list of French players to have enjoyed great success at the Emirates Stadium, with his comments unlikely to appease Tottenham fans who may yet be seeing him pull on a Spurs shirt next season.
However, Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to offer their reactions to the comments, suggesting that Wenger is the real draw for potential signings, even claiming that picking Arsenal over Spurs is barely news – despite Tottenham being seven points ahead in the Premier League.
Most Arsenal fans want to see Doucoure sign for Arsenal, suggesting that he can be the replacement for Vieira in the Arsenal midfield that Wenger has been lacking in recent years, wanting him to replace Granit Xhaka after his impressive displays for Watford.
Is it even news that Doucoure would pick Arsenal over Tottenham?— Renato (@th14Renato) February 20, 2018
Anyone with a brain cell would.#AFC
Doucoure said he'd join Arsenal over Tottenham because of Wenger. Let's be real, Arsene Wenger is one of the big reasons why player join us. They literally want to play for him. His status is seen quite highly amongst players. Respect. #ARSENAL #AFC #COYG— Iceman FC (@ikrooscontrol) February 20, 2018
Wenger needs to make this happen, guys a beast.— Kash (@KashPathan) February 19, 2018
@Arsenal make this happen, he's a real presence in that midfield for Watford, he's be a terrific addition, have him alongside Jack Wilshere as the two in the middle.— Josh Mcconnell (@humble1goat) February 19, 2018
absolute baller, would be delighted if we managed to get him in— Sam (@sk_ASNL) February 19, 2018
Doucoure likes Arsenal. Hope Wenger signs him up to bench Xhaka— Babes Wok'shima (@Its_kagiso) February 20, 2018
Abdoulaye doucoure if given a choice would play for arsenal .. @Arsenal dont screw up ,, i hope we sign him .. need him in our centre mid— ansar ahmad (@ansarahmad_) February 20, 2018