Arsenal have reportedly made an enquiry to sign Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish after a stunning campaign in the Premier League – and Robert Pires has recently compared the English ace to an Invincibles legend.
Grealish, 24, has been in magnificent form that has been the driving force behind Villa avoiding relegation on the final day of the Premier League. His 10th goal of the season saw Villa earn a crucial point against West Ham.
In just 41 games this season, Grealish had a hand in 18 goals from midfield in a side that struggled at the back and lacked punch in the final third. He would have earned his first England cap, before the health crisis struck.
Sky Sports claim Arsenal are the latest club to have been linked, making an enquiry for the midfielder – only to be told that Villa want £80million. It might be worth it, though, after Pires compared him to Dennis Bergkamp.
“Jack is a great footballer with a good technique – and I love watching him play because he reminds me of Dennis Bergkamp,” Pires was quoted as saying by Goal in March. “I like him in the same position as Dennis, as a No.10.
“I don’t want to put too much pressure on Jack, because he is still a young player learning the game, and Dennis was an incredible talent and a champion.”
TBR’s view – Why Grealish is perfect for Arsenal
For any Arsenal fan, they would love to see Grealish in an Arsenal shirt. Goals, assists, his ability to dribble and draw fouls from the opposition and his pure class is certainly similar to the aura of Bergkamp.
Not only that, but he is the ideal signing for Arsenal, too. Mikel Arteta’s blue print is young players, keen to show their worth at Arsenal – rather than big-name players who are just at the Emirates for a pay cheque.
Grealish in, Ozil out, would be excellent for the Gunners on the pitch – and on the wage bill.