Emirates Stadium boss keen on Etihad Stadium winger.
Arsene Wenger is considering making an offer for Man City winger Adam Johnson as he looks to effectively replace French international Samir Nasri, who left for the Etihad Stadium side earlier in the week. The Arsenal boss is reportedly interested in the England international who may find his place under threat as a result of the signing of the Gunners star and has in the past had run-ins with manager Roberto Mancini about his first team chances.
The 24 year old former Middlesbrough man arrived at City 18 months ago and has only started 30 Premier League matches in that time and come off the bench for another 19 times and may be tempted by a move to the Emirates Stadium if indeed Roberto Mancini considered such an offer.
The Italian is known for not allowing any of his players leave for direct rivals but given that Arsenal have sold them four players in the past two years; Nasri, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure, so perhaps there is some chance that if the decent offer was made for the £18m rated winger then perhaps it would be considered.
Man City have a number of wide options including David Silva, Mario Balotelli, Shaun Wright-Phillips and James Milner added to that the fact that Mancini appears to prefer playing with a three pronged attack, with a striker straight down the middle, and with Edin Dzeko in an advanced position out wide.
Nasri’s arrival is sure to further hamper Johnson’s first team chances and could therefore have a knock on effect to his England hopes.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is thought to be keen on buying British and having brought in youngsters Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson, the Frenchman has also been strongly linked with interest in Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill as he looks to beef up his back-line.
Johnson’s clever play on the wing, his ability to put in quality crosses and his eye for goal are qualities that attract Wenger and given that Andrei Arshavin has been out of sorts for the best part of a year, there is even more reason to consider bringing in more creative wide options to the club.