Man City playmaker Bernardo Silva has praised Mikel Arteta amid rumours of a potential Arsenal move in the future.
Arteta spent more than three years at the Etihad working as Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager. He helped City to win a number of trophies in that time, including the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
The Spaniard worked closely with players to improve their game and get them used to Guardiola’s style of play. He left in December 2019 when former club Arsenal came calling.
Silva has been linked with a reunion with Arteta in north London. Guardiola even admitted that the Portugal international wanted to leave City during the summer.
A transfer never materialised due to a lack of suitable offers. However, Arsenal may return for Silva’s services in the January transfer window.
Silva has now spoken highly of Arteta during an interview with Football Daily (via football.london). The 27-year-old said: “I speak for myself, and I think I speak for the group. When he left, people were sad because he was someone we really liked working with.
“He offers a lot, even though he was not the first [team] manager he acted like he was a little bit in terms of helping and how present he was.
“[Moving to Arsenal] was a great opportunity for him and we were sad for the team but happy for him.”
Arsenal have had a lot of ups and downs during Arteta’s tenure. They have won the FA Cup and Community Shield, although they have also fallen out of Europe.
The Gunners are eyeing attacking reinforcements ahead of next year to push them back into the top six. Silva is one option being considered to provide more creativity in the team.
Campbell urges Arsenal to land Sevilla ace
Former Arsenal player Kevin Campbell thinks Youssef En-Nesyri would be a good fit at the Emirates.
The Sevilla striker was the subject of a bid from West Ham in January. It was swiftly rejected as it did not meet the Spanish club’s asking price.
Recent reports have suggested that Arsenal could sign En-Nesyri to replace Alexandre Lacazette up front.
When asked about the Morocco international, Campbell said: “Good player, really good. For me, he would definitely come in and carry a threat. I will tell you that much.
“He will carry a threat top end of the pitch. He has good size, speed, knows where the goal is, he is skilful too.”