Aston Villa star Ollie Watkins spoke on the Super 6 podcast about his dream of playing for Arsenal in the Premier League one day.
The 25-year-old Englishman has had a fantastic debut season in the top-flight. He has scored 15 times this term, including two in three games against Arsenal to help Villa complete a league double over us.
Watkins’ performances this season have been absolutely brilliant. Villa boss Dean Smith labelled him as ‘outstanding‘ earlier this month, and not many people can argue against that assessment considering how good he has been.
Aston Villa really are lucky to have him, but things could’ve been really different. Watkins admitted today that he would’ve picked Arsenal over any other club last summer if the Gunners had placed a bid as his whole family are life-long Gooners.
After Watkins named Thierry Henry as the greatest player he has ever seen, Laura Woods asked him if he would’ve joined the Gunners if we made a move to sign him from Brentford last summer.
The Englishman replied: “Yeah, I think so, yeah. My Grandad, all my family [supported Arsenal]. I even said it when I was at Brentford and I said it would be a dream to play for Arsenal and I loved them growing up.”
Should Arsenal sign Ollie Watkins?
Watkins will be on many top clubs’ wish list this summer after his brilliant season. He may even get a chance to go to the Euros with England, and a positive display there will increase his stock even more.
Villa forked out a club record £28 million to sign the 25-year-old from Brentford last summer. (BBC) It seemed like a lot of money then, but after a stunning 15-goal campaign, everyone can agree that he’s worth every penny.
Arsenal will likely need a new striker and Watkins would be a very good option. However, Villa will demand a lot more than £28 million, and that will make any possible move just as unlikely as a move is for Jack Grealish this summer.