Dimitri Payet happy to be final piece in Arsene Wenger’s jigsaw’

Dimitri Payet admitted on Monday that he wants to play for a Champions League club while also saying that he had read that the Arsenal manager is considering him to be the ‘missing piece’ in his jigsaw.

In an interview with RMC, the French radio station, the West Ham United forward discussed a number of subjects, though understandably most are focusing on what the France international had to say about his future.

“I read that [Arsène] Wenger considers me the missing piece of the Arsenal’s game, but he’s never told me that,” Payet said.

“We [West Ham United] 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.

“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.”

Payet, who joined West Ham United from Marseille in 2015, admitted, too, that his current club’s struggles are proving difficult, but added that if he were to leave the east London club would get its ‘share of the cake’.

“The situation at the club affects me, but I’m an ambitious person,” he 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. He is not, however, ready to go to war with manager Slaven Bilic over a move away from West Ham.

“If I’m forced to leave West Ham, it will be done according to the rules – the club will have its share of the cake,” he added. “My coach understands that today’s situation does not suit me. I will ask the questions at the right time.”