Manager admits “big club” Arsenal can lure his midfielder

Brendan Rodgers has admitted that James Maddison might be tempted to join Arsenal as big clubs always have a pulling power for footballers.

Maddison has been linked with a move to the Emirates in this transfer window as Arsenal looks to add new attacking midfielders to their squad.

The Gunners remain in the market for a replacement for Martin Odegaard, who now looks unlikely to return to the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta likes Maddison who has been one reason Leicester has consistently challenged for the top four places in the Premier League recently.

The Foxes are difficult to do business with and have performed better than Arsenal over the last two seasons.

They won the last editions of the FA Cup and Community Shield and look to be making good progress under Rodgers.

Players might struggle to leave them for an Arsenal side that is battling with mid-table mediocrity at the moment.

However, the former Liverpool manager knows that when a traditional top club comes for a player, it’s hard for them to say no.

“It’s about having a sense of realism, knowing that at some point it will happen,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.

“I think at this moment in time, Leicester City is a very attractive place to be. If you want to develop as a player, work in world-class training facilities and be a part of a real community club with a family feel, then this is a great place for you.

“But having been at so-called big clubs, I also understand what the draw of them can be for a player. For us, it’s just about developing this football club.”

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  1. He’s just being courteous. We might be big club, but not relevant anymore.

    We need what Pool did by hiring Klopp.

    Not a damn rookie. You know, far as experince goes, I’m actually not far behind Arteta experience-wise. I also was a second coach, just for youth teams. Maybe I should apply after he’s sacked?

  2. OT.. Joe Willock said his goodbyes this afternoon to team-mates and staff at London Colney before leaving to complete his move to Newcastle.
    (Charles Watts)

    As for Maddison, I can’t see it happening. With cash playing a huge factor, as always! Odegaard is a cheaper option.. I think he’ll return (sorry Dan kit 😄)

    1. Just saw the willock tweet sue ,GL to him I know most won’t agree on his sale but for me it’s the right I’ve aslong as the cash is going towards what we need and not offsetting the 3 signings we made before .
      Wouldn’t surprise me if we get Odegaard as sky are reporting we will be front of the queue as Arteta was impressed with his loan spell here 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔.
      Maddison would be my choice out of the names mentioned but there are better and cheaper options,Fekir would be my top transfer but I’m not a manager so my opinion counts for sH1t .
      TBF sue I’ve been grumpy all summer with this club (good reason )but signing Odegaard will tip me over the edge 😂

      1. I agree with you, Dan, his sale makes sense. As for the money, god only knows where it’ll end up – last hour of the window and all will be revealed!! 😂
        Not entirely sure who I’d like to see join us, Dan. Fekir’s quality.. Maddison is good, just something about him I don’t like 😂
        Preseason hasn’t been great.. but it all comes down to tomorrow! If we fail to grab all 3 points, I’ll avoid the Arsenal blogosphere for at least a week haha!

        1. If we fail to win tomorrow sue I would suggest avoiding it for the next 2 games with who we got after ,not going to be a pretty site on here and all Arsenal related sites 😂
          As much as I’ve been pretty doom and gloom I’ve got a group of buddy’s coming round tomorrow for a p1ss up and BBQ just hope at 9-45 I’m not goer wanna kick the sh1t out of them for taken the p1ss because we’ve lost 😂

          1. 🤣 Have a good one, Dan!
            Away at a packed, newly promoted Brentford on Friday the 13th, what could possibly go wrong?! .

            Reckon you’ll be celebrating (possibly wiping your brow?) come 9.45!

    2. Sue, I believe Madison will be an Arsenal player in this coming season.
      For I don’t care about all transfer speculations surrounding Arsenal. What I know is that Arsenal will do good business in this window.

      1. 18 days to go, Rux. I think the outgoings are just as important as the incomings – still a lot to be done!
        As for JM, we shall see..

  3. Madisson is overrated, not worth his price tag regarding he is injury prone and not even in the national team at the Euros 2020.
    He is not a realistic target for Arsenal. When he is fit he is a good player, but Arsenal have wasted too much time on him. Time is running out soon and Arsenal have IMO wasted so much time on unrealistic targets in the second part of this window.

  4. “I think at this moment in time, Leicester City is a very attractive place to be. If you want to develop as a player, work in world-class training facilities and be a part of a real community club with a family feel, then this is a great place for you.” how ironic, in that wasn’t this our pitch to players, during the post-Dein lean years

    1. Maddison would be mad to jump ship and come to Arsenal. I fail to see how the Maddison story has any legs. I think we will end up with the underwhelming Odergaard.

      1. For me Leicester are like the Atalanta of Serie A ,top manager playing good football and buying players undervalued.
        Exactly why we should have pullled Rogers away from Leicester.

        1. or we could have actually brought in Gasperini, from the vastly underappreciated Atalanta…I believe he would have been a perfect fit for us, considering our financial constraints and love of entertaining football…not to mention, he has somehow managed to get the most out of the majority of his players, many of whom were struggling for consistency prior to arriving in Bergamo

  5. Madison is too injury prone and has got discipline problems and anyway I dont see him coming to Arsenal. Arsenal must go in for Aouar.

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