Few hours before they faced each other in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium, there were some interesting reports between both sides before the game over the weekend because Manchester City wants Arsenal’s midfielder.
News suggests that Manchester City wants Arsenal’s midfielder and both sides are in talks concerning the services of an Arsenal midfielder which City needs.
While Arsenal seems keen to retain its experienced players, City has shown unyielding desire to have the midfielder.
As strikers, Alexis Sanchez and attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil will be out of contract at the Emirates in 2018; Wenger side has been unable to reach a new deal with both players leaving the club in an unsettling position.
Ironically, the Chilean and the German are not the only Arsenal top players that are approaching the end of their contracts: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also in his near end.
Though it is believed that Manchester City is hoping to bring Oxlade-Chamberlain from the Emirates, there are concerns about the worth of the experienced player, as City wants to take advantage of little 25 million pounds value placed on the player to sign him.
In a football world where Briton like John Stones could cost 50 million pounds, surely Chamberlain will cost much more?
The main thrust appears to be the report that Arsenal is yet to open contract talks with the England attacker thereby leaving doubts over the future of the player.
Guardiola is a fan of the Arsenal player ever since he featured for Arsenal in the Champions League game against his former team, Bayern Munich about two-and-half years ago.
The City boss tracked him in the previous season when he was looking set to take over the helms at the Etihad and is now ready to test the Gunner’s resolve following Manchester City lkay Gundogan’s cruciate ligament injury that would keep him out of action till the end of the season.
The Ox is seen as a fit replacement for the City player