West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet has cast doubt over his future at the club, after admitting that a move to London rivals Arsenal could be “fun”.

The France international admitted that, whilst he has not been in contact with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, he has read that the 67-year-old considers him to be the ‘missing piece’ in his jigsaw.

“I read that Wenger considers me the missing piece of the Arsenal’s game, but he’s never told me that!” Payet said in an interview with SFR.

“We conceded five or six at home against them. When you see them playing, as a technical player, you could only have fun in that team.

“They’re candidates for the title every year.”

Following his £10.7 million transfer from Marseille in June 2015, Payet had an outstanding debut campaign in the Premier League with his nine goals and 12 assists helping West Ham to a seventh-place finish, coming agonisingly close of a Champions League spot.

This year, however, both player and club have struggled to recapture last season’s stunning form.

The Hammers go into the Christmas period just five points above the relegation zone, whilst Payet has struggled for consistency.

Even though he has promised to give his all for Slaven Bilic’s men, the 29-year-old is refusing to rule out a move away from the club, despite signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract as recently as February.

“The situation at the club affects me, but I’m an ambitious person,” West Ham’s player of the year said.

“I’m in a fight with my club and I’m giving everything for them, to get out of this difficult situation, but I’m not closing the door to anything.

I miss the Champions League… I’ve got some great years ahead of me and I want to enjoy them by playing in important competitions.”


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