Ross Barkley urged to snub Man City to join Arsenal or Spurs

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has been urged to make the move to Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur this summer, not Manchester City.

The England international is expected to move clubs in the coming window, having failed to agree terms over a new contract extension, and the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been linked.

Former Manchester City and Everton star Richard Dunne has now urged him not to make the same switch he did from the Blues to the Citizens, and recommended a move to North London instead.

“Certainly for Everton they need a bit more freshness in their team and maybe Ross does, in terms of getting a new club, having to earn a place in a team and not have the comforts of being at home and living in his hometown,” the Irishman said.

“Maybe he needs to go out and challenge himself and start trying to progress and get a place back in the England team.”

He added: “Maybe an Arsenal or Tottenham will be better for him.

“I think Manchester City will try and sign stronger and maybe better players – players who have won things over the years.

“Barkley is certainly going to move to a big club but I don’t think it will be City. I don’t imagine he will get the games he needs.”

I’m not sure our team needs another central midfielder this summer, with the likes of Granit Xhaka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Mohamed Elneny in the squad, although I wouldn’t mind seeing Francis Coquelin leave and a new defensive rock added to our midfield.

Would Barkley be suited to a role in our new system? Could he be the ideal replacement for Santi Cazorla?

Pat J

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  1. vinie2000 says:

    What’s wrong with the editor of this article? Ross Barkley? Are you kidding us? this article is similar to the ones in the Daily star. This is the kind of signings Arsenal fans wants to make an statement? Go for Bernardo Silva from Monaco ( Santii Replacement ) and Kullibay ( CB ) from Napoli 45 millions – 40 millions asking price and 50 for Lacazette from Lyon, Keep Lucas and get rid of OG..150 million spend. Make the team around Alexis and Ozil then we can talk about competing but not another inconsistent English player in a position we need a top player. we already got a free agent so go and PROVE ARSENAL FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD AND SPECIALLY THOSE FOLLOWING GAME IN AND GAME OUT YOU ARE WORTH 8.5 MILLIONS A YEAR..I’m not shouting just making a POINT. I’m tired of crap transfer windows and regression every year. TIME FOR CHANGE unless a MASSIVE STATEMENT IS DONE END SEASON. Save Our beloved Arsenal and protests peacefully. Good to see empty seats once and for all.Europa League is not where Arsenal FC belongs.

    1. Robert Newton says:

      We should get rid of average players from our squad and spend big on top players.
      Ospina, Debuchy, Mertesaker, Gabriel, Gibbs, Ramsey, Theo, Welbeck and Giroud need to be sold and replaced by someone better. Szczesny will replace Ospina and Kolasinac will replace Gibbs.
      We need a top class CM, winger, striker and CB. Sell Theo, Ramsey, Wilshere, Welbeck and fund for top players.

      1. Midkemma says:

        Do you not think that as a sub Giroud is brilliant?

        I think as a back up we can keep Giroud, if we could get Lacazette then that would be ideal as Giroud is not going to demand a place but still scores from the bench.

  2. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Didnt Everton say they want £50 million for Barkley? And he has 12 months left on his contract. It sounds too expensive to me
    And an attacking midfielder is not a priority

    We need to strengthen our defense, holding midfielder and get another top forward first, not to mention secure Alexis, Ozil and Bellerin

    From Everton I wouldn’t mind Lukaku and Idrissa Gueye though
    Gueye would help our defense
    Lukaku was amazing this season. None of his 24 goals were penalties. Lukaku and Alexis and Ozil would be amazing

    1. Robert Newton says:

      We need a deep lying play maker not some defensive player. We already have Xhaka and Coquelin and we have struggled without Cazorla for any creativity. Ramsey and Wilshere are not good enough.

      1. Midkemma says:

        Xhaka is the deep lying playmaker.
        We need a B2B player who will put his foot in and help press higher up, be tidy in his passing.

        What would you say to Kante next to Xhaka?

        1. Jermaine says:

          Naby keita would be perfect

  3. Robert Newton says:

    Barkley is no better than Ramsey, Wilshere or Iwobi. We should look for world class player not some average ones.

    1. AsburtonGrove says:

      My mother in law is better than Ramsey!

      Barkley would be another classic Wenger stop-gap signing. We don’t need Barkley, we need world-class talent – no excuses!

  4. Twig says:

    Liverpool 1 Middlesbrough 1
    Arsenal 1 Everton 2

    What will be your response??

    1. SAMF says:

      More pressure on the boss, Great …

  5. John Ibrahim says:

    In Fifa, one can sell 22 players and replaced with 22 new world class players and still win games by 4 to 5 goals and the title.

    There is no such thing as adaption to club and new country, cant play and perform due to morale, issues or confidence. No communication or coordination issues

    We need to bring these to the real world

    1. MPDwn says:

      Its a joke that youve been thumbed down for this. Its true you cant expect to replace everyone like that and to win the league. This isn’t fifa. We need to bring in 2-3 top players. Cb (but holding looks class here, id get rid of gabriel, keep mustafi ho was quality in the first half of the season), cm and ST.

      We must keep ozil and sanchez.

  6. Inkfight! says:

    Ramsey injured again, as soon as he was hitting form in the new season. We have also seen, to get the best out of Xhaka, he needs a partner who plays further up the pitch.

    Make no mistake about it, Barkley is a very talented, goalscoring midfielder with a touch of Gerrard about him. The trouble with him he already behaves likes he’s made it.

    If we’re not keeping Wilshere, Barkley might be a very good long term option in midfield – but not for 50 million GBP.

  7. Joseph says:

    Not good enough though folks,,,,

  8. Red Dawn says:

    Its the transfer window.
    Its Arsene Wenger
    Prepare to be disappointed.

  9. Nebsy says:

    Whatever top player we need, we won’t get. If Barkley is in the market for around 30 million quid, we should be kicking ourselves in the nuts from joy if he joins Arsenal, cuz that’s as top as a top player we can get.
    Whoever still hopes Ozil and Sanchez will extend contracts is as deluded as an AKB.

  10. Yossarian says:

    I like Xhaka and think he will come good. Le Coq had a hard time recently, but proved that he can be a good DMF, and should be given a chance to regain his form. They can both do a useful job.

    Aaron Ramsey doesn’t fit into this team. Neither the old formation, nor the new one. He is also consistently inconsistent, and offers nothing to Arsenal going forward.

    What we need in that part of the pitch is (a) Cazorla back, and (b) Somebody younger to take-over from Cazorla in the long-term.

    Ross Barley is not that player. He is just another Ramsey-type-player who can perform now and again, but offers nothing towards developing Arsenal into a better side.

  11. JPS_AFC1 says:

    We need Isco in that role full stop. If Ozil leaves then put him as number 10 and get Tolliso, Fabihno or Bakayoko to do that job. Barkley is not for us not for 50million GBP. Not worth the money. Most importantly I think if we get rid off Wenger and bring in Allegri we can win the league without buying any players. Seriously if Conte managed us we would be celebrating right now and the people in Italy say he is better. 2 CL finals in 3 years I hope Juve win it

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