Stevie Nicol Questions Gundogan’s Move to Arsenal
Former Liverpool player, Stevie Nicol has cast doubts on why Ilkay Gundogan would leave Manchester City under Pep Guardiola and transfer to Arsenal managed by Mikel Arteta. The 32-year-old player’s contract at Manchester City ends this summer, prompting speculations that he could re-unite with Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko at Arsenal. Despite this move possibly being advantageous for Arsenal, Nicol believes that it leaves more questions than answers. He questions why Gundogan would leave the best team to join an inferior Arsenal and play against the same team in the same league, instead of securing a year’s extension at Manchester City.
The Importance of Strengthening Arsenal’s Midfield
The potential transfer of Gundogan to Arsenal would strengthen the midfield area as he is a man of quality and has won five Premier League titles. Considering the expected departure of Granit Xhaka this summer, Arsenal fans have been talking about upgrading and adding more proven quality in the middle of the park after their end-of-season title collapse. Gundogan would be a smart addition from Arsenal, but it is still a questionable move for the German midfielder.
Gundogan and Joao Cancelo Rumored to Join Arsenal
Arsenal has been rumored to target not only Gundogan but also Joao Cancelo, who was loaned to Bayern Munich this year. This has resulted in some fans humorously suggesting that Arsenal is turning into Manchester City 2.0, not only taking their coach and players but also acquiring potential new additions from them. However, if Arsenal is able to secure both players, particularly Gundogan on a free transfer, it would be very smart business for the north London club.