Payet says Arsenal a great place for “ball playing footballer”

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Despite a West Ham United season filled with struggles, playmaking midfielder Dimitri Payet continues to shine for the Irons.

He’s made no secret of his desire to play in the Champions League, and West Ham’s quick exit from the Europa League was just the start to struggles. The Irons are 13th in the table with 19 points, as far from 18th as they are from 7th.

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He’s been tipped for a move back to Marseille, and didn’t exactly shy away from complimenting Arsenal when asked by French outlet RMC (translated by Metro):

‘I read that Wenger considered me as the missing piece of Arsenal’s play, but he said nothing to me [laughs],’ he told French outlet RMC.

‘When you see them play, as a ball playing footballer, one could only enjoy oneself playing in this team. They are candidates for the title every year.’

Payet’s 29, and has 18 goals and 24 assists in 62 appearances for West Ham. With Andy Carroll finally back in the fold, West Ham wouldn’t want to deal its best service provider.

The situation hearkens back to another Frenchman in the Premier League: Yohan Cabaye and Newcastle United in 2014. Cabaye helped Newcastle qualify for Europa, helping the Magpies to quarterfinal exit at the hands of Benfica. A year later, with Newcastle struggling to compete for a European place, he left for PSG in January.

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