By Amir Mir

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has hailed rivals Tottenham as “a great team” and admitted he tried to persuade Moussa Sissoko to join Arsene Wenger’s side.

France international Sissoko, 27, made a switch to Spurs from Newcastle on deadline day, just minutes before the Wednesday night cut-off.

Giroud, 29, has revealed he tried to convince the versatile midfielder to move to the Emirates and thinks Mauricio Pochettino’s side are in contention for a trophy this season.

“I told him to give Arsenal the priority,” said Giroud as quoted by the Evening Standard. “It’s true it was special denouement. Until the end he didn’t know what he’ll do.

“It’s good for him. I think it was quite a long month for him so it’s good that something could have happened even in the very last moments. It’s great for him.

“Tottenham is a great team in our league. Obviously we all wanted for him after his good Euro and great performances, that he joins a Premier League club. In the Premier League Tottenham are an opponent for the trophy this year. I hope he will not be in good conditions against us.”

Sissoko produced impressive displays at Euro 2016, despite being criticised for his performances during Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship last season.

The attacking midfielder had been looking to engineer a move away from St James’ Park all summer, and Sissoko had previously spoken about Arsenal as the ‘club of his heart’.

The two north London rivals will meet in the Premier League on November 6 at the Emirates, with the reverse fixture taking place at the back-end of the season on April 29.

In other Arsenal transfer news, Arsene Wenger’s star man is in contract talks, as he admits he could make a move to the MLS.