BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce has revealed that he wouldn’t be surprised if Sergio Aguero joins Arsenal in January.
Pearce has revealed that he won’t be surprised if the striker joins Arsenal in January following their 2-0 win over West Brom on Monday night.
“Am I the only one here that thinks Aguero has been working hard for Manchester City over the years? He’s going to break the club’s scoring record,” Pearce told BBC 5 Live.
“I think he’s a phenomenal worker, I think he’s joined in, he works hard in the box, and I think this is another chip at him.
“I don’t think it’s a marriage made in heaven, this – Aguero and Pep [Guardiola] – I really don’t.
“This [criticism of work-rate] has happened too often.
“I think Aguero is a sensational player. One of the best I’ve ever seen.”
"I don't think it's a marriage made in heaven"
Pep Guardiola and Sergio Aguero haven't always seen eye to eye.
But a move to Arsenal…?! pic.twitter.com/93E6yundUE
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) September 25, 2017
Pearce adds, “He [Guardiola] still wants Sanchez, that could happen in January. Highly probable that will happen in January.
“And it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Aguero comes here [Arsenal].
“It was mooted in the summer, wouldn’t surprise me at all.”
Over the past nine months, Aguero’s place as Manchester City’s first choice striker has come under threat from 20-year-old Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian has been getting an increased amount of minutes under his belt and while the Argentine is still getting more time on the pitch overall (467 Premier League minutes to Gabriel’s 327 so far this season), his place isn’t as secure as it once was.
Although Gabriel has scored four goals in five appearances, Aguero has found the back of the net seven times in seven appearances and has also racked up three assists.
However, Gabriel is a player for the future; Aguero is 29 and has under two years left on his current deal with City.
I probably don’t need to tell you about how much I would love Aguero to sign for Arsenal. Injuries aside, he would be a dream player and is easily the type of star who could genuinely help us get back into the top four.
If he was to be used as part of a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez, as was rumoured towards the end of the transfer window, I’d drive the Chilean to Manchester myself.
Unfortunately, I realise that this probably isn’t the case. No matter what Pearce believes.