PSG hero believes Arsenal target will leave

Ex-Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Jerome Rothen believes that Arsenal target Edinson Cavani will leave the French club before long.

The Uruguayan striker has been linked with numerous moves away from the Parc des Princes over the course of 2014 – despite only signing for PSG last year – with the Gunners having been mooted as a potential destination.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with him, but Arsenal are rumoured to be the most interested party, even though Arsene Wenger has tied Olivier Giroud down to a new long-term contract and snapped up Danny Welbeck in a £16m deal.

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Cavani was a target for the Londoners over the summer, yet he elected to remain in Paris in a bid to battle for a central striking berth.

However, after just a few months of the new season he is believed to be unhappy once again due to being played on the wing to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Rothen – who made over 130 appearances for the Parisians during his spell there – feels that it’s only a matter of time before the forward leaves:

“He can still succeed in Paris, but his performances will be more or less the same. Everything depends on the tactical choices of Laurent Blanc. However, I can’t see him staying long-term in Paris,” he told Le 10 Sport.

“If he reiterates his desire to leave, the club will not keep him. Especially if he has the same performances as last year – the directors won’t necessarily be satisfied.”

“If Cavani considers himself a star in the team, it could be a concern because, in Paris, it’s Zlatan and then the rest. They must deal with Zlatan, who is a player beyond the norm,

“For me, Cavani is not among the great attackers, like Ibra, Messi or Ronaldo. He’s a player who needs others and will not decide something with a bit of class, an individual moment.”

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