Tony Cascarino believes that Arsenal should look at trying to sign Manchester City’s Fernandinho.
The Gunners are reportedly set to name Mikel Arteta as their new manager, with Gianluca Di Marzio claiming on his official website that the 37-year-old has been named their new boss already.
Arsenal fans are waiting for official announcement, but it looks like Spaniard Arteta has left his role as Manchester City assistant boss to take charge at the Emirates Stadium.
Freddie Ljungberg has been the caretaker boss while the club have searched for a successor to Unai Emery and they have turned to a highly-rated young coach.
Arteta is set for his first senior job as a manger, but he’s been learning under the best in Pep Guardiola.
Times pundit Cascarino has suggested that Arteta targets a player he knows well in Fernandinho, as he’s the type of personality needed at Arsenal.
“With Fernandinho’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, Arteta could bring him in from City to demonstrate to Arsenal’s players what it takes to be a success,” Cascarino wrote in the Times.
Fernandinho is a defensive midfielder by trade that has been a huge successes in English football.
The Brazilian has won the Premier League title three times as a Manchester City player and been a colossus at the Etihad Stadium since he joined in 2013.
He would bring plenty of leadership to a weak Arsenal dressing room if he followed Arteta to the Emirates, but there should be concerns if they do spark up genuine interest.
Fernandinho is doing great job stepping in as an emergency centre-back in Pep Guardiola’s team, but he’s aged 34 and will be 35 by the time next season comes around.
The South American is out of contract with Manchester City next summer and it would be unfair to expect the veteran to come in to fix the Arsenal mentality.