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Manchester City And Arsenal Could Be Involved In A Massive Swap Deal: But Does It Make Sense?

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Subhayan Dutta
Subhayan used to be the Featured Columnist at The 4th Official. Completely immersed in football and almost all other sports on planet.

With nothing really going around in the club football, the rumour mills are at their best of late. The latest speculation that has been churned out by the vast infinite rotating being is a frivolous swap deal that Manchester City are willing to make to land their summer target Alexis Sanchez. According to reports, the Sky Blues are willing to let Sergio Aguero go to join Arsenal for Alexis Sanchez.

The Argentine forward has been City’s all-time top scorer in the Premier League, who helped them lift the trophy twice since his arrival. There is hardly any valid reason to conclude why City would be willing to take such drastic steps at a crucial point of time, except for the reported fact that Aguero isn’t happy with the false no.9 role forced on him by the City manager, Pep Guardiola.

Both the players have different footballing styles and they excel in their department. Neither Arsenal nor City would be getting their void fulfilled by this deal and as far as Arsene Wenger is concerned, he would be dead against such a deal. Aguero is undoubtedly a world class finisher and his tremendous goal tally in the last six years reflect that aptly, but as far as Arsenal’s style of play is concerned the Argentine is not a Wenger player.

The Frenchman has always preferred players who can take on different roles for the team as and when needed, and except for Mesut Ozil, he has given all his players versatile role across the attacking and defensive third. Given Aguero’s attacking attributes, he would end up at Emirates as just another Lukas Podolski.

The German international had scored lots of important goals for the Gunners in his three years Arsenal career but could hardly land first team chances. Wenger would much prefer a hard working player like Alexis Sanchez or Olivier Giroud or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain up front who might not have such refined finishes in their bag of tricks but is pretty perseverant up front.

Another huge, and most probably the biggest reason for not agreeing to this deal would be Aguero’s injury history. Since joining the side in 2011, Aguero has missed 44 games for the Manchester outfit. His style of playing, which mainly involves sudden bursts of pace and tricks and turns, has often kept him away with hamstring and knee injuries.

Sanchez, on the other hand, is almost immune to injuries and turns up for every game no matter what the injury. Arsenal would be at a great loss if this deal does happen in any circumstance.

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