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Young French Star Declares Arsenal Interest

Ntep has netted six times in seven appearances for the French under-21 side.

Ntep has netted six times in seven appearances for the French under-21 side.

French under-21 striker Paul-Georges Ntep would love to join Arsenal – only if he wouldn’t be sat on the bench.

The 21-year-old declared his interest in linking up with Arsene Wenger in January after attracting attention from a lot of top European club sides.

The Auxerre forward has scored six times in seven games for France’s under-21 side and scouts from the likes of Manchester United and Paris St Germain are keeping tabs.

It is thought that Ntep would prefer a move to Arsenal due to their good reputation with French players and bringing young stars into the first-team.

Ntep told L’Equipe: “Arsenal is a club that appeals to any player. This is a club that relies on young people. After that, it’s always the same question – it depends on the project. Arsenal, yes, but to do what?

“If this is a club where I am going to sit on the bench, then where is the progression? I’m not saying I want to go to a big club to start immediately but at least that can happen in the medium term.”

When asked whether the move could happen in January, he said: “It is a [situation] I am currently thinking of.

“This is a decision that must be taken depending on the project presented, game time, and the style of the team.

“The question may arise this winter but it will be for the club, first, to consider. For me, the day I have an interesting sporting project, I will ask the question.”

Ntep is a typical quick striker known for his technical ability. He has scored 13 times in 47 appearances for Auxerre after a successful spell in their ‘B’ team.

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About Tom Bennett

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