Paul Merson says Arsenal would be a ‘good choice’ for Sergio Aguero’s next move after Manchester City should he choose to remain in the Premier League.
It was announced on Monday that the 32-year-old will leave the Etihad when his contract expires at the end of the season which will bring an end to his glittering 10-year spell at the club.
Over that period, Aguero has become the Premier League’s fourth-highest scorer of all time with 181 goals, helping City win four league titles.
Barcelona are the clear favourites to sign the striker, with Camp Nou said to be his first choice, while Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and a move back to his native Argentina have also been touted.
But should he choose to further his career in England’s top flight, Gunners hero Merson thinks his former club would be a good fit, due to their style of play under Mikel Arteta.
He told Sky Sports: ‘Will he stay in England or will his next move be abroad? If he stays in England, I think Arsenal would suit the style he would be looking for.
‘They’d be a good choice.
‘Mikel Arteta was at Manchester City and the way Arsenal play; they get around the box and they do create a lot of opportunities. Arsenal do tick that box for Aguero.
‘But if does he go abroad where the intensity is not as hard as it is in England? He could go somewhere with a different climate and where the games are not as intense as they are in the Premier League.
‘That could help with his injury problems as he moves into the latter stages of his career. It’s an important move for Aguero as he moves into the final stage of a glittering career.’
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‘There won’t be many clubs who wouldn’t want a player of Aguero’s stature,’ Merson added.
‘However, clubs will be looking at his injury record and at their wage bills. It will also come down to Aguero too because he’ll have to be in a team that creates chances.
‘If you are not getting in and around the opponent’s penalty area too often, then it would be difficult to have Aguero in your team.
‘He’s not getting the ball on the halfway line and beating three players anymore.
‘That’s not his game anymore. We’ve seen some special goals from him where he’s scored from nothing, but he’s had injuries and is getting on a bit, so I don’t see that happening too often anymore.
‘It’s an important decision for him picking who he plays for next season.’
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