Mikel Arteta is turning up the heat at Arsenal more than any other manager has done in the last two decades. The Emirates is beginning to dance and shout the way once Highbury used to in the golden days of Arsene Wenger, which is intoxicating fans into believing that their bad times are most certainly over under the Spanish manager.
Arteta is continuing to build a brilliant team despite having limited budget and multiple constraints. His search for budget-friendly signings have been quite phenomenal this season and as it stands, he may have found yet another top buy for possibly no fee. Arsenal reportedly are showing keen interest in signing Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan.
Gundagon is currently experiencing an off-season with Manchester City and is not getting as many minutes as he would’ve expected. The German star was pivotal to Pep Guardiola’s success last season, who smashed two vital goals on the final match day at Etihad against Aston Villa to confirm their second title in a row.
His contract with the club comes to a close next season and according to Sport, Gundogan’s talks with Manchester City over a new deal are at standstill. The Germany international wants a new two-year contract with a hefty salary. And that is not someone the Cityzens are prepared to offer.
Barcelona are monitoring the situation as well, with the midfielder’s contract up this summer. And Sport claims that Camp Nou would be the 32-year-old’s preferred destination if he decides to leave. They are prepared to offer him the length of contract he is looking for, but not the terms. Find more sports news and explore the betting world in Nextbet.
Arteta, who was formerly an assistant manager at City under Pep Guardiola, picked up two City players last summer – Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus, who both have been sensational additions to the Gunners. Zinchenko transformed himself into one of the best fullbacks in the world and is playing a crucial role in their title run this season. So it will not be entirely sane to rule out a Gundagon move to the Emirates Stadium.