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Monaco midfielder Tielemans: Why I rejected Arsenal over summer

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger failed with a summer move for Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans, it has been revealed.

The Belgium international left Anderlecht for Monaco at the end of last season.

Tielemans said: "I knew not much was going to change with Arsenal's squad.

“Their management wanted to keep the same group of players together in order to finish high in the Premier League.

“I had to be honest with myself and take a look at the midfielders Arsenal have got. They are top-class players.

"I knew that I would not get many first-team chances with them, so I didn't give any more thought to joining them.

"I never said no to any club. But I made it clear where I wanted to go."

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