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Pep Guardiola’s High Praise: £21m Arsenal Target Among the Best Players He’s Trained


Pep Guardiola’s High Praise: £21m Arsenal Target Among the Best Players He’s Trained

Arsenal have been linked with a free transfer for Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, and Pep Guardiola has lavished praise on him.

The objective for the Gunners in the forthcoming summer transfer window will be to buy two new midfielders. Declan Rice was supposed to be their main target, but Sky Sports reports today that West Ham want £120 million for him.

If Arsenal is willing to spend that much for Rice, they will need to find a cheaper option for their second midfielder. Gundogan, a free agent in July, may be the man.

Pep Guardiola claims Arsenal is a target. Ilkay Gundogan is one of the most talented players he has ever worked with.

Arsenal are among the clubs interested in signing Ilkay Gundogan from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this summer, according to Spanish outlet SPORT.

Mikel Arteta is well acquainted with the German, and his strategy of bringing in proven winners from Manchester City has also proven successful – just look at what Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko have done for Arsenal this season.

Arteta is well-versed in Gundogan, but if he needs comfort, his mentor and good friend Pep Guardiola has dubbed the German ‘one of the best players’ he has ever trained.

The Manchester City boss said, as per the club’s official website: “I remember one season when we won the second Premier League when Fernandinho was injured for a long time and he (Gundogan) played as holding midfielder in games like against Burnley away with the long balls, second balls and… wow… he played.

“I said I had the feeling that without him we couldn’t win the Premier League.

“He’s so intelligent Gundo, so clever and competitive. Under pressure, he handles it without a problem. He’s one of the best players I ever trained in my career in terms of the whole package. He’s top, top class.”

Spylax Point of View

Gundogan has been an amazing performer for Manchester City since joining them from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2016 for £21 million (Sky Sports).

He has nearly 300 games for the Cityzens and has won nearly every award possible. Even if he joins Arsenal, he will be remembered warmly at the Etihad for many years to come.

Arsenal’s goal in recent years has been to buy young players, but they shown their willingness to buck that trend in January by signing Jorginho.

The Italian is proving to be an excellent signing for the Gunners, and Gundogan might be an even greater addition this summer on a free transfer.

Pep Guardiola’s High Praise: £21m Arsenal Target Among the Best Players He’s Trained

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