According to Ian McGarry, former Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen could move to Arsenal. Mc Garry was speaking about this on the Transfer Window Podcast. He revealed that he got this information from a person who is very close to the Danish midfielder. He said “I was told that he is slightly concerned about the possibility of crossing the north London divide, having been a Tottenham player and very much a Tottenham favourite for many years, and going to Arsenal. However, such is his particular situation and circumstance that he wouldn’t rule it out.”
Currently, Christian Eriksen is not enjoying a great time in Itlay. The former Ajax midfielder joins Inter Milan at the start of this year for a fee of $20 million. When he joined Inter, he only had six months on his Tottenham contract. Dany Levy did not want to lose him for free after Eriksen declared that he wants to try something new at the start of last season.
Since moving to San Siro he hasn’t been at his best. A big reason for that has the way Antonio Conte’s team play. The Italian uses a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 formation which means there is no need for an attacking midfielder in the team. Also, Conte wants his players to be more robust and physically but Eriksen is more of a technical player.
It’s not like Conte hasn’t tried to find a way to fit him in but things just don’t work well. Due to this, he is getting limited playing time. At the age of 28, he is at his peak and needs to play regular football. The issue is not that he is not good enough as a player but it just the way Inter play football. So far his new adventure hasn’t been ideal for him.
Due to this, there has been constant news linking him with a move away from the club. Even this summer it was rumored that he is ready to leave San Siro, despite only joining them six months ago. Though he did not leave this summer as the January transfer window is approaching, rumors about him leaving are picking up pace.
This season he has made just nine appearances in all competitions. In total, he has just played 310 minutes of football. The likes of Brozovic, Barella, and Vidal are ahead of him in the pecking order. Even when he was signed by the club, questions were raised whether he is the right fit for the club or not, given his style of play.
Arsenal angle on Eriksen
Eriksen played for Tottenham for six years. He joined the club in 2013 and he played in a lot of North London derbies. During his time in England, he made 305 appearances for the Lilly Whites. He also scored 69 goals and further provided 89 assists in all competitions. Eriksen was an essential part of Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
At one point in time, he was also the fan-favorite. While Harry Kane stole at headlines and goals, Spurs fans would always appreciate Erikens for supplying the creativity. Tottenham and Arsenal are very fierce rivals. Any move by any player across the town is not appreciated. If the Danish international moves to Emirates it won’t be liked by Spurs fans.
Another thing to consider here what McGarry about the whole situation. He said that a move to Arsenal can’t be ruled out. This indicates that Eriksen is only treating Arsenal as a potential option, he is yet to decide where he will next play his football. Recently there have been talks about the Gunners lacking a creative midfielder in the middle of the park.
Though Eriksen can be the player who can provide creativity he might not fit at Arsenal. Many expected Arteta to be more like Guardiola but he is actually more like Mourinho. He also wants his player to give more work rates and be robust. Though his tactics and football are different from Conte the idea is similar.
Thus he might not be the player the Gunners need right now. The bigger question is will they be able to afford to sign him? Arsenal doesn’t have the financial muscle like Chelsea, Manchester United, or Manchester City. The Nerazzurri will definitely want good money to sell him. Perhaps the London club might not even be able to sign him in the first place.
Whereas for Eriksen, he needs to leave San Siro to play regular football. PSG might be the perfect place to play. Though they might not play in a competitive league at least trophies are guaranteed, unlike Spurs. He would want to win some trophies and PSG have turned themselves into Champions League contenders as well.