Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has confirmed he will be leaving the Etihand when his contract expires at the end of the season, and though he hasn’t spoken about potential destinations yet, former Gunner Paul Merson believes the brilliant Argentinian should join Arsenal.
The 32-year-old has spent a whole decade with the current league leaders, scoring 257 goals and producing 73 assists 384 appearances in all competitions in that time. That alone is enough to set him among the greats of the game in England, quite apart from four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and five League Cup trophies. He represented his country on 97 occasions, and has 41 international goals to his name.
This season, Aguero has been hampered by injuries and has made only four starts in the league so far. And with City showing no signs of actually missing him, it only makes sense for him to move on.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said the first question on the matter that needs an answer is whether Aguero wants to stay in England or go elsewhere. If he wants to go somewhere abroad, then there’s nothing Arsenal can do about it. But if he is to stay in the Premier League, then the Gunners are the perfect fit.
One of the main reasons behind Merson’s point of view is Mikel Arteta, who spent three and a half years assisting Pep Guardiola at the Etihad, and consequently working with Aguero, before taking over from Unai Emery at the Emirates. On the other hand, Merson admitted that a move away from England, possibly somewhere where there’s less intensity in the game, could suit Aguero even better. It could help him get over the recent bout of injuries and prolong his career.
“He could go somewhere with a different climate and where the games are not as intense as they are in the Premier League,” Merson said.
“That could help with his injury problems as he moves into the latter stages of his career. It’s an important move for Aguero as he moves into the final stage of a glittering career.”