Monday, 16 April 2012

O'Neill aim to keep Arsenal target

Martin O'Neill is adamant Arsenal target Stephane Sessegnon will stay put with Sunderland in the summer. The Black Cats boss has spoken out on the future of the Benin international, who has been linked with a return back to France with former club Paris St Germain, who sold him to the Wearsiders for £6million in January 2011, thought to be leading the race but Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are also keen. O'Neill claims reports that Sessegnon is homesick are wide of the mark and stressed his desire to ensure the player stays at the Stadium of Light beyond this season as he looks to build a team with him in it. The Northern Irishman, who took over at Sunderland from the axed Steve Bruce in December, said: "He's playing brilliantly. I've read he's unhappy the whole time, he couldn't be happier believe it or not. I don't think he can play like that if he's unhappy. "He's in great form and I'm sure I won't stop the speculation no matter what I try. "We want to keep him at the football club because he's been pretty brilliant, and I really couldn't say much more than that." Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is looking to spend big in the summer and Sessegnon is said to be on his list of targets after an impressive season with the Black Cats.

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