Michael Owen says he can picture the Paris Saint Germain star in Arsenal shirt. The talented striker has lots of admirers and has had a great spell with the French champions. Ex-Manchester United striker, Owen says he sees the huge player donning the red, blue and white of the Emirates soon.
The Swede has been linked to several clubs that include The Red Devils, The gunners and The Blue Lions. Former Liverpool star, Owen says the player will end up with Arsene Wenger’s team come next season.
“You think certainly with the size of him, he will be able to cope with the physicality. For some reason I can envisage him playing for Arsenal. He’s exactly what they need – a big name forward. Fans have been calling it for ages. He’ll love it in London and that’s why I can see him coming to the Premier League,” the 36-year old Newcastle legend said.
Arsenal have struggled this season with their attacking force, hence Michael Owen believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic would provide that difference for the team.
Ibrahimovic’s contract is due to expire this season end and the striker is set to leave the French team.
Robin van Persie was sold to Fenerbahce and now Manchester United is in need of an appropriate forward who can replace the Dutch attacker. Louis van Gaal is now searching around the summer transfer window for a player who can perform alongside Wayne Rooney and recent rumors have been linking Pedro Rodriguez as well as ZlatanIbrahimovic with a move to Old Trafford.
Manchester United has already signed Bastian Schweinsteiger and Memphis Depay as well as few other players but none of them are forwards and this is what Louis van Gaal is attempting to bring into his team.
Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez is turning into a possible summer signing as he is mostly just used as a substitute player in Camp Nou and has to settle with only a few minutes on certain matches in the pitch. Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi are the main goal-scoring outlets of Barcelona and this isn’t expected to change anytime soon.
Pedro has recently had his contract modified and the release clause in his current contract was lowered from €150 million to €30 million, this makes it much more accessible for other clubs to sign him in this summer and making a move away from Barcelona is much better in the playing career of the Spanish attacker as he can get secured playing time if he decides to join Manchester United.
Robin van Persie did not have the most impressive of seasons as the Dutchman only managed to score 10 Premier League goals in 27 appearances for Manchester United in the previous season. This is a fairly depressing statistic for any forward in the world of football but its especially underwhelming for a player which is usually considered to be one of the best in the world and who arrived to Old Trafford with a price tag of €22 million.
Juan Mata scored 9 goals and provided 4 assists which is double of what Robin van Persie accomplished with fewer minutes on the pitch.
Manchester United did however struggle in it’s entirety, it wasn’t a single player who performed at a mediocre level, it was the entire squad of Louis van Gaal which played at a level which is considered to be disappointing except for David de Gea and a few other figures that managed to turn into the backbone of the Premier League club in this past season.
Even with the uninspiring season that Robin van Persie experienced, the Dutch forward has stated that he wants to continue performing for Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Louis Van Gaal has managed to guide the team to within two points of the second place in the league table. It is a vastly superior improvement compared to last season when United struggled to even enter into the top six on a consistent basis.
The tactics of the Dutchman, though, has come under criticism on a number of occasions this campaign. This includes the team’s increased long ball tactics, which does not fit into the ethos of the club. However, the fact that the club has been able to get a consistent run of results – including the 3-0 win over Tottenham last weekend – has managed to keep the fans quiet.
Van Gaal reckons that he will not be at the club if he senses for one moment that the players do not have belief in his methods. A serial winner with previous clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Van Gaal does not look set to end his first season at United with a trophy. This was after the club were knocked out of the FA Cup, which was seen as the realistic opportunity for a title this season, after a 2-1 defeat against Arsenal. United bounced back from this defeat in emphatic manner after beating Tottenham 3-0 at Old Trafford.