Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke to the media today ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Saturday.
The Gunners boss, who was formerly one of Pep Guardiola’s assistants at Manchester City, was asked about Sergio Aguero leaving the Etihad at the end of this season after a decade there.
Arteta knows Aguero very well thanks to their time together up in Manchester, and the Arsenal manager had nothing but good things to say about the world-class Argentine hitman.
The Spaniard heaped praise on everything Aguero has done in the Premier League over the years. Arteta was asked about Arsenal making a move for the soon-to-be free agent, but he was quick to dismiss it.
He said, as per Arsenal.com: “First of all, I think anyone that has been close to Sergio would say the same thing. I think he’s been probably the main face, or one of the three main faces, that have lifted that project.
“You need some leadership, you need some quality and you need players to create moments when you start to build a project like they did. Sergio is probably the biggest face of that project. It’s not only the way he plays, it’s his personality, his charisma, the way he is loved by everybody at that club.”
Asked about Arsenal signing Aguero, he said: “No, no. We will see what happens with him in the future.”
Should Arsenal sign Aguero?
Paul Merson recently claimed that a move to the Emirates would be a good option for Aguero this summer. (Read here) The Argentine, if he can stay fit, is still one of the best in the business, and any team would be lucky to have him.
However, Arsenal will have three attackers on the wrong side of 30 this summer. It makes no sense to bring another one in, even if it is a player like Aguero who has guided Manchester City to multiple Premier League titles.
The Argentine will not be short of options this summer. He will likely go abroad to finish his career, but even if he stays in England, a reunion with Arteta at Arsenal is extremely unlikely.