Frenchman Guendouzi has been Arsenal’s breakout star in midfield (Picture: Getty Images)This wouldn’t be Arsenal’s first foray into the French second division, having picked up Matteo Guendouzi from FC Lorient in 2018.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 20-year-old box-to-box midfielder has hit the ground running for the north London club, making 21 league appearances so far this season.France Under-19’s international Gueye could follow in the footsteps of Guendouzi, and has been described in France as a mixture of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante in terms of profile, standing a 6’1″.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe left-footed, deep-lying playmaker has made 37 appearances for Le Havre since signing his first professional contract in 2017.The historic French club have seen the likes of Premier League stars Paul Pogba, Riyad Mahrez and Benjamin Mendy all rise through their ranks in recent years.This could be the start of a busy summer window for the Gunners, with rumours that star trio Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette could all face the axe.MORE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan will return to Arsenal from Roma unless Gunners lower asking priceMORE: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reveals Gabriel Martinelli’s greatest attribute Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Feb 2020 12:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.2kShares Gueye has made 22 appearances in Ligue 2 for Le Havre (Getty Images)Arsenal are closing in on an agreement to sign Pape Gueye from Ligue 2 side Le Havre in the summer, described as a blend of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante.The 21-year-old could become new boss Mikel Arteta’s first permanent signing since taking over the reins from former manager Unai Emery in December.The Gunners completed loan deals for centre-back Pablo Mari from Flamengo and Portuguese right-back Cedric Soares from Southampton in the January transfer window.According to Jeunes Footeux, central midfielder Gueye could join in the summer for as little as £5million.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal set to agree deal to sign defensive midfielder Pape Gueye Advertisement Advertisement
“Of course I wish it hadn’t happened,” said the Danish international. “Both for me and for the taxi driver involved who subsequently lost his job.”The incident took place in September. At trial, the City Court of Copenhagen was shown CCTV footage in which it appeared Bendtner struck the driver in the face.He said the driver threw a bottle or a can towards him and his girlfriend when they left without paying.In a lengthy post on Instagram, he added: “No matter how he [the driver] behaved and what he said, it’s not something I wanted for him. There were undoubtedly many other and better ways that each of us could have resolved our disagreement.“If I had just paid the amount the taxi meter showed, my girlfriend and I might not have been pursued by a car with an enraged driver behind the wheel.“If only I hadn’t made this decision, which I made in a split of a second while everything was boiling over.”Bendtner dropped his appeal against the sentence in late November to “focus of his club and family”, with the Norwegian season beginning in March.“I will probably never, agree with the City Court’s judgment, but I have dropped my appeal because I would like to be ready for the season with Rosenborg,” he added, saying the club is the “warmest and most loyal employer” he has had in his career.The former Juventus player, who is still training six hours per day at home, said he has started writing a book with “openness not specially typical in top footballers”.He added: “Fortunately, it is never too late to learn and prepare for the future, and so I have decided to gather the stories that did both good and evil to me for almost 31 years.“This is not the story of me driven by speculation and sensation, but by my strong memory.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ex-Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has started his 50-day sentence for assaulting a taxi driver and posted a picture of his electronic ankle tag.The 30-year-old, who plays for Norwegian side Rosenborg, is serving his sentence at home in Denmark.He admitted hitting the taxi driver but said it was because he felt threatened.