Paul Merson has said that Arsenal would be a perfect fit for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero this summer.
The Argentina striker has spent a decade with City and scored 257 goals in that period. But earlier this week it was confirmed that this season would be his last with the champions elect. The 32-year-old is out of contract and it’s not yet known whether he will look to stay in the Premier League or move abroad or even back to his homeland.
Former Arsenal striker Merson though thinks the Gunners would present a good match for the striker.
He told Sky Sports: “Will he stay in England or will his next move be abroad? If he stays in England, I think Arsenal would suit the style he would be looking for. They’d be a good choice.
“Mikel Arteta was at Manchester City, and the way Arsenal play – they get around the box, and they do create a lot of opportunities. Arsenal do tick that box for Aguero.
“But if does he go abroad where the intensity is not as hard as it is in England? He could go somewhere with a different climate and where the games are not as intense as they are in the Premier League.
“That could help with his injury problems as he moves into the latter stages of his career. It’s an important move for Aguero as he moves into the final stage of a glittering career.”
Of course Aguero is well known to Mikel Arteta after the Spaniard’s time at City as Pep Guardiola’s No.2. It’s unclear whether Arsenal will consider a move for the player, but with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the wrong side of 30 and Alexander Lacazette 29, it is unlikely.
Aguero injury concern
The gamble to bring in Willian, 32, from Chelsea has also not paid off and Arsenal will be looking for prudence with their summer signings. And paying Aguero close to £200,000 a week in the latter stages of his career will surely not fit in with Arsenal’s budgeted plans. Especially when you consider he has struggled with injury this season and made just eight Premier League appearances.
“There won’t be many clubs who wouldn’t want a player of Aguero’s stature,” Merson added.
“However, clubs will be looking at his injury record and at their wage bills. It will also come down to Aguero too because he’ll have to be in a team that creates chances. If you are not getting in and around the opponent’s penalty area too often, then it would be difficult to have Aguero in your team.
“He’s not getting the ball on the halfway line and beating three players anymore. That’s not his game anymore. We’ve seen some special goals from him where he’s scored from nothing, but he’s had injuries and is getting on a bit, so I don’t see that happening too often anymore.
“It’s an important decision for him picking who he plays for next season.”