Chris Sutton has claimed that Arsenal are one of the only top-six sides in the Premier League that have a vacancy for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.
The BT pundit admitted that it is only a matter of time before the Villa captain earns a move to a bigger team in the top flight, after impressing on a weekly basis for Dean Smith’s side.
Sutton believes that Manchester City already have too many options with Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva in similar positions, whereas the resurgence of Dele Alli at Tottenham under Jose Mourinho could rule out the Gunners’ North London rivals.
That leaves Arsenal, and Sutton claimed that there is a clear cap for the English playmaker at the Emirates Stadium after his impressive start to life in the Premier League.
“Which of the top-six teams would he fit into?” he told the Metro.
“I suppose it’s a difficult one when you think of the players City have at their disposal, the Silvas, De Bruyne… Arsenal would be the one where you think there’s a vacancy. Tottenham, Dele Alli seems to be having a resurgence.”
Is Grealish the answer?
There is no doubting the talent that the Villa playmaker possesses.
Now that the Midlands’ club are in the Premier League, the price for Grealish is just going to continue to rise, and that could be a dangerous game for Arsenal.
With Nicolas Pepe not exactly hitting the ground running despite big money paid for him, Arsenal will have second thoughts before splashing the cash on just one player in the future.
The benefit Grealish holds in that area though is that he is a homegrown talent, and will know what it takes to succeed in England – something he has proven at the beginning of this season.
The 24-year-old has already been involved in seven goals from midfield and has averaged 2.7 key passes per game according to WhoScored – more than any Arsenal player has completed this season.
Arsenal have once again disappointed at the beginning of this campaign, and signing a young English talent such as Grealish could act as a catalyst for success.