Bukayo Saka Warned Against Leaving Arsenal to Join Manchester City

Bukayo Saka Warned Against Leaving Arsenal to Join Manchester City

  • Former Gunner Theo Walcott believes Saka would struggle for game time if he moved to Manchester City
  • The England youngster has been rumoured to have courted interest from the Premier League Champions, with two years left on his Arsenal deal
  • Sources within Manchester City have however denied any fabric to the sensational rumours

Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka has been warned against considering a move to Manchester City as he will likely be relegated to the bench.

Former Arsenal man Theo Walcott believes Saka would be making a huge mistake if he decides to join the Citizens, with rumors suggesting Pep Guardiola’s side is interested in the 20-year old.

According to a report on Daily Mail, City have stepped up their pursuit of the winger, who is now entering the final two years of his contract at Arsenal.

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Bukayo Saka shakes hands with Theo Walcott of Southampton following the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 16, 2020. Photo by Peter Cziborra.
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On paper, a move to Man City looks like a decent one for Saka, as the side recently won their fourth Premier League title in five seasons, while Arsenal once again missed out on Champions League football.

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But despite the struggles of the North London club, Walcott, who spent a large chunk of his football career at Arsenal, believes Saka should not give in to Manchester City’s advances.

'He needs to understand that the playing opportunities will be limited at Manchester City,' Walcott told Talksport.
'He will, of course, be more likely to win things, but it is not saying Arsenal won't win things.
'There is obviously a transitional stage at Arsenal, that Mikel is part of, and Saka is massively part of it as well.

Saka was impressive for Arsenal last season, and featured in every league game for Mikel Arteta’s side.

He also enjoyed his most prolific campaign, scoring 11 goals and getting 8 assists.

Man City deny Saka links

Meanwhile, fresh reports suggest Manchester City have played down reports linking the club to Bukayo Saka.

Sources within the club told Mirror Sport that there were “nothing in the rumours”, and City did not intend to take advantage of Saka’s contract situation at Arsenal.

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Pep Guardiola’s men already enjoy a wide array of talent in attack which includes Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and the recently acquired Erling Haaland.

Tottenham monitoring Rashford situation

In other transfer news, Marcus Rashford has been linked with a stunning move to Tottenham Hotspur. Rashford has been out of favour in the just-concluded season under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

Spurs are however highly unlikely to pursue the deal given Rashford’s high valuation plus United have no strong conviction to sell the England international.

Rashford is however unlikely to leave Old Trafford as he is considered part of the rebuild under Ten Hag.

Source: Sports Brief News