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Taye Taiwo alerts Arsenal with rant over AC Milan first-team chances
AC Milan defender Taye Taiwo has emerged as the potential answer to Arsenal’s full-back nightmare after voicing his frustration at his lack of first-team action.
The 26-year-old Nigerian, who was only signed by Milan in the summer from Marseille, has made just six appearances for the Italian champions so far this season, and could become a January target for Arsene Wenger if his situation doesn’t improve.
‘I am suffering every day because I don’t get to play football. I joined this club in order to play, but I have made only six appearances so far,’ Taiwo told L’Equipe.
‘I don’t understand how things work in Italy. Sometimes I even have to watch from the stands, but I really need to play in order to show what I can do.
‘It looks like [coach Massimiliano] Allegri doesn’t have faith in me. It’s not like me to just sit back and do nothing in a situation like this.’
An injury crisis at left back may well force Arsene Wenger to look for a solution next month and a move to sign the AC Milan man when the transfer window re-opens may well suit all concerned.
Nigerian international Taye Taiwo spent six years at Marseille as a near ever present and was repeatedly linked with a move away from the Stade Velodrome and a move to the San Siro appeared to be big one, however things have not turned out all that well for the forward thinking full back.
The 26 year old has barely had a look in and the fact that his replacement Luca Antonini hasn’t put a foot wrong in recent weeks doesn’t help his cause. A move to the Premier League may well interest Taiwo, who wouldn’t cost the earth as he didn’t cost the Rossoneri a penny.
The left back slot has become something of a poisoned chalice this season. Kieran Gibbs has been out for a while and now Andre Santos is similarly sidelined. Right back Carl Jenkinson has also filled in on the left but he too is unavailable, leaving Wenger with no choice other than to look for alternatives.