Arsenal legend Ian Wright has claimed that Leicester City star James Maddison is exactly the kind of player Mikel Arteta and Edu should be trying to sign this summer.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the Englishman. He is said to be Arteta’s top target this summer, and Edu has even reportedly tabled a player plus cash offer to lure Maddison away from the King Power. (Football London)
It doesn’t look like Arsenal’s opening bid has been accepted. Maddison, labelled as ‘fantastic‘ by Brendan Rodgers, played for the Foxes in the Community Shield last night, and it seems like the Leicester boss is planning for the new season with him at the centre of his plans.
However, Arsenal seem confident about landing Maddison, and Wright has now claimed that he is exactly the kind of player we should be trying to bring in.
Ian Wright: Arsenal deserve respect for trying to sign Maddison
He said on ITV last night, as per The Sun: “Arsenal will be up there, the fact Arsenal are a team that are still trying to build and be where they want to be, players like Maddison is the kind of player Arsenal need to bring them back there.
“Like Liverpool, Manchester United before them have been through their mile-and-a-half of pipe like Andy Defraine in Shawshank Redemption where you see light at the end of the tunnel.
“Arsenal need players like that but that’s where you’ve got to put respect on Arsenal’s name for trying to get back where they were.”
The Insider’s View:
Wrighty’s comments came after Roy Keane labelled a move to Arsenal for Maddison as a ‘backwards step‘ in his career.
It really is funny how pundits try to discredit Arsenal. Irrespective of what happened last season, the Gunners are still a massive club, and most top players currently available on the market would jump at the chance of joining us.
Yes, dropping out of Europe makes it difficult for us in potential transfer negotiations. However, the same was said when we dropped out of the Champions League a few years ago, and we’ve since signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Thomas Partey without any trouble.
If Maddison is offered a chance to join Arsenal, you best believe he’d make the jump, irrespective of Roy Keane or any other pundit’s opinion. However, convincing Leicester remains the big problem for Edu in the coming days.