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Arsenal tormentor sweet on a summer switch to Tottenham

| 26.02.2015

Monaco centre-back Aymen Abdennour is aware that Tottenham are interested in signing him this summer and after the fantastic time he had in north London in the Champions League recently he could well be convinced to make the switch.

The 25-year-old was part of the Red and Whites side that shocked Arsenal in the first leg of the competition’s round-of-16 tie at the Emirates and enjoyed an outstanding game against Olivier Giroud.

Arsene Wenger removed the French striker before the hour mark on Tuesday night after he missed a host of gilt-edged chances, largely thanks to the powerful, bullying performance he faced from Abdennour.

Asked after the game about Spurs’ interest, the Tunisian international said: “Yes, I am aware of it. But I am at Monaco and I am concentrating on my club.”

The centre-half didn’t rule out a White Hart Lane switch however, and is sure to have impressed Arsenal’s local rivals with his exploits against one of the Premier League’s leading front men.

It seems a reshuffle of Spurs’ centre-backs is on the cards for Mauricio Pochettino this summer, with Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches firmly out of favour for the Lilywhites.

Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier and Federico Fazio look to be the Argentine’s first three choices for the position, but a fourth-string option is needed should the former Southampton manager decide Kaboul and Chiriches aren’t up to it.

A move for Abdennour is certainly plausible, despite his Emirates heroics, as he is far from a regular in Leonardo Jardim’s side.

The former Toulouse man has only started nine Ligue 1 games for the Portuguese tactician and could see the far-from-watertight Tottenham defenders as easier obstacles to overcome in the pecking order.

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Matt Wiggins

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