Arsene Wenger is looking for back up in the left back position. 24-year old Cheikh M’Bengue is a Senegalese international who has played 79 league games at left back for French side Toulouse. He has spent his whole professional career at the club. After spending 10 years in the youth system, M’Bengue made his first team debut for Toulouse in 2007.
The defender has told the French newspaper L’Equipe that Arsenal have expressed interest in taking him to the Premier league. M’Bengue also told the paper that he would love to move to England to further his footballing career.
“When a big club like that think of you, it’s nice, it’s really flattering. In addition, the Premier league is a championship where I want to evolve.”
The left back position at Arsenal is currently under contention by 22-year old Kieran Gibbs and 29-year old Brazilian international Andre Santos. Gibbs is maybe slightly ahead after pre-season but neither has nailed down the spot.
M’Bengue has had two long suspensions from the French football authorities for bad tackles. The first came during his first season and he was banned for 13 games. In his second season, a tackle on Monaco’s Argentine Alejandro Alonso left the midfielder injured for the rest of the season, and M’Bengue was suspended for 10 weeks.
However, since then he has not been embroiled in any controversy, so has sorted himself out a bit. He seems to have a good attitude and Wenger and the Arsenal scouts have a good eye. Should Arsenal take a risk on M’Bengue?