Emirates Stadium and White Hart Lane side chase decent, but by no means great, addition.
Tottenham and Arsenal are set to fight it out over the acquisition of Sunderland’s star man Stephane Sessegnon.
The 27-year-old Benin international has earned rave reviews as the Black Cats have surged up the table since the arrival of Martin O’Neill as manager.
Both the north London clubs are keen to boost their attacking options as Sessegnon has proven Premier League pedigree, he is an attractive proposition.
The attacking midfielder has often operated as an emergency striker this season and he has scored seven goals in all competitions.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Does Stephane Sessegnon have a ‘proven Premier League pedigree’? That may be something of a stretch as whilst there is no denying the Benin international has had a good few months of decent form it would be inaccurate to consider the 27 year old as a top notch player and arguably would struggle to make it into the either the Arsenal or Tottenham starting elevens and therefore would be an odd purchase for either North London side to consider making this summer.
The former PSG had an average time of it at the Stadium of Light before Martin O’Neill turned up and changed the Black Cats fortune and no doubt the Sunderland boss will not want to sell the attacking midfielder but it would be surprising if either Arsene Wenger or Harry Redknapp went out of their way to pursue Sessegnon.
Sessegnon plays most prominently in an advanced attacking midfield role behind a striker and in that role would clearly struggle to fit into a Tottenham midfield that boasts creative talent like Luka Modric, Rafael Van der Vaart and in the wide roles Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon.
Arsenal too may struggle to accommodate the Sunderland man. When everyone is fit and injury free the Gunners have the likes of Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere to operate in a similar role and in the wide areas Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho.
Wenger may also not consider a move for a player who will be 28 this summer to make a great deal of sense in the long term.