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Arsenal fans react as Charlie Nicholas claims Gunners should have signed Man United star

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Arsenal fans react as Charlie Nicholas claims Gunners should have signed Man United star

Charlie Nicholas has claimed that Arsenal should have signed Manchester United defender Chris Smalling in the summer before the England international moved on loan to AS Roma – and Gunners fans have reacted on Twitter.

Smalling, 29, dropped down the pecking order at Manchester United following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opting to promote Axel Tuanzebe to the first team – and completing the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City for £80million.

It saw the former Fulham star choose to try something new and move on loan to AS Roma, where he has since starred for the Serie A giants. Smalling has clocked up eight outings for Roma, helping them win four times and keep three clean sheets.

Smalling even scored last month during a 4-0 win over Udinese in Serie A, and is improving every game he plays. Arsenal icon Nicholas believes he would have been a good signing for Arsenal, with the Gunners defence struggling at the moment.

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“Why not – and I don’t know how much he would have cost – go and get (Chris) Smalling from Manchester United in the summer before he went to Roma? Because he’d be better than what they had,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

Smalling earns £70,000 a week at Manchester United, as per Spotrac, which is a wage much smaller than some of his teammates. Luke Shaw earns a whopping £150,000, while midfielder Fred rakes in £120,000.

The commanding centre-back may be tempted with a permanent exit at the end of his season-long loan at Roma, then, given he is earning much less than some of his teammates. Arsenal fans reacted to Nicholas’ comments, with some agreeing with Nicholas.

 

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