Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson thinks Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is “not established” enough to play for Arsenal.
The 24-year-old made 33 Premier League appearances before Villa were relegated to the Championship back in 2016.
But on their top-flight return, the playmaker Grealish has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers. He scored eight goals and added six assists in 36 appearances.
He has been heavily linked with Manchester United over the past year, while Arsenal have now reportedly joined the chase.
However, former England international Johnson does not think Grealish would be a good fit for Mikel Arteta’s men.
“They’re going to need players who know the Premier League,” Johnson told Football London. “Some players come from different leagues and underestimate the Premier League, it can be very tough and difficult.
“I think they’ll need to go for more established players within the Premier League. I don’t think [Grealish would be a good signing]. He’s only had one season in the Premier League so that’s not established at all.
“I wouldn’t be going for Jack Grealish if I’m Arsenal. I think he’s a great player but I don’t think he fits at Arsenal. Financial wise, they’re not going to get that done anyway.”
ARSENAL TOLD WHAT FUTURE HOLDS FOR OZIL
Arsenal have been provided with an update on the future of top earner Mesut Ozil that leaves little room for manoeuvre.
The frequent uncertainty surrounding the playing status of Ozil has become an ongoing saga for The Gunners.
Frozen out by former boss Unai Emery, Ozil was seemingly out of the doghouse under Mikel Arteta.
However, despite initial strides into the first-team, Ozil did not play a single minute of league action since the restart.
Earning a reported £350,000 per week, the situation has left the club in a tricky predicament.
Potential loan moves with subsidises wages have been touted, but no concrete offers have yet materialised.
Ridding the books of Ozil’s salary would appear to be the ideal scenario for Arsenal. But the player’s agent’s latest comments have laid waste to that possibility. Read more…