A reported Arsenal transfer target is seemingly doing his best to talk himself out of a move to the Emirates Stadium.
With injury issues aplenty and having conceded four goals at home last weekend, Arsenal need defensive reinforcements.
According to Sky Sports, Club Brugge centre-back Bjorn Engels has been linked with Arsenal, as well as Borussia Dortmund.
However, Sky have translated some quotes from Belgian publication Het Laatste Nieuws in which Engels basically says he isn’t good enough for the Gunners.
“That [a move to Dortmund or Arsenal] is a bridge too far for me at the moment,” Engels was quoted as saying.
“A mid-table team [in a big league] would be the ideal next step for me and there have been some serious offers from such teams.
“I am 100 per cent focused on Club now and that will not change so long as I am here. Playing in the Champions League is a nice prospect as well. We will have to wait and see what happens.”
If a midtable team in a top league is what Engels wants, perhaps he should consider interest from Arsenal.
The Gunners could well find themselves in Premier League no man’s land if they continue to perform as they did against Liverpool in their opening game of the season.
Arsenal’s tough start could continue on Saturday evening when they visit reigning champions Leicester City.
However, Arsene Wenger’s men beat Leicester home and away last term.