Arsenal could make Napoli's Kevin Malcuit regret rejecting them in January

Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park on April 07, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Kevin Malcuit's agent confirmed the Serie A defender turned down Arsenal and now he will play against the Gunners in the Europa League.

Kevin Malcuit of SSC Napoli in action during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Udinese at Stadio San Paolo on March 17, 2019 in Naples, Italy.

Kevin Malcuit is expected to start at right-back in Thursday’s Europa League clash between Napoli and Arsenal at the Emirates. But the Frenchman could have been wearing red rather than blue had he not rejected a move to North London during the January transfer window.

With Hector Bellerin out for the foreseeable future, the Gunners have been forced to turn Ainsley Maitland-Niles into a makeshift right-back in recent months after they failed to sign a replacement at the turn of the year.

 

Speaking to Radio CRC, translated by Calciomercato, Malcuit’s agent admitted that Arsenal had made a move in January but the former St Etienne defender had no interest in leaving a club he only joined in August for £9.6 million, as reported by the Express.

"After Bellerin's injury the club was looking for a full-back, but Kevin had just arrived in Naples and was playing more and more under (Carlo) Ancelotti. We didn't even consider this possibility,” Bruno Satin said in March.

Kevin Malcuit of SSC Napoli in action during the Serie A match between Empoli and SSC Napoli at Stadio Carlo Castellani on April 3, 2019 in Empoli, Italy.

Arsenal will be hoping to make Malcuit pay, while the attack-minded 27-year-old will be hoping to add to his tally of two assists and show Unai Emery what he is missing out on.

Malcuit’s position on the right of defence means he could be forced to deal with one of the most dangerous partnerships at Arsenal’s disposal with Alex Iwobi and Sead Kolasinac forging an almost telepathic understanding since Emery’s arrival.

14th March 2019, Emirates Stadium, London, England; UEFA Europa League football, round of 16, second leg, Arsenal versus Rennes; Alex Iwobi of Arsenal is pulled away by Sead Kolasinac...

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