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Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko has urged Arsenal to make a bid for him on deadline day yet again by restating that Arsenal are his dream team and that he has moulded his play around the legendary Patrick Vieira.
This is not the first time that the Frenchman has revealed his admiration for the north London club but with time running out in the window, it is a last ditch attempt by the player to attract Arsene Wenger's attention and complete his dream move to a top club in Europe.
It is no secret that Arsenal are in the market for a defensive midfielder, having been heavily linked with a move for Morgan Schneiderlin and other major players in that position over the length of the month.
However, with Francis Coquelin exceeding expectations in an Arsenal shirt, the need of the hour has diminished and it looks likely that the Gunners have finished their business for the winter with the signing of defender Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal and will only make further signings next summer.
Sissoko, meanwhile, has been brilliant for Newcastle this season, making 21 starts and an everpresent figure for the Magpies at the base of the midfield. However, his strides forward are yet to catch the eye of Wenger, who is reaping the rewards of keeping faith in his team, who are slowly but surely getting over their injury problems.
Liverpool have also been advised to make a move for the player to cover for the departing Steven Gerrard.
"Arsenal made me dream when I was a youngster. Patrick Vieira was my idol. I saw myself in him," the Newcastle United midfielder told BeIn Sports.
When asked if Arsenal are interested, he said, "You will have to ask my agent. For now, I'm a Newcastle player and I am happy at the club.
"I want to play in major competitions and I want to do it with this team," he added.
The Gunners are currently fifth on the table, only a point below Manchester United and level on points with Southampton at fourth spot.