Arsenal would benefit greatly from the signing of Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish, according to former Gunners midfielder Adrian Clarke. Arsenal were unable to complete a deal for Lyon attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar in the summer and Clarke thinks Grealish would be a fine alternative to the Frenchman.
Grealish starred in Villa’s 3-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.
The England international is adding more goals to his game, having scored four and assisted a further five in his first seven Premier League appearances this season.
Arsenal are struggling to score goals themselves, having found the net just nine times in eight league matches.
And Clarke thinks Grealish has proven he can be the player to add much-needed creativity to Mikel Arteta’s side.
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“Gareth Southgate, in my opinion, doesn’t know how good Jack Grealish is,” Clarke told talkSPORT.
“He doesn’t realise how talented this boy is. He’s something a bit special.
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“He forces defenders to back off, he takes up some great positions, he’s got power, got pace, great vision.
“I thought he was immense in the game against Arsenal and I have to say, looking at it, he is exactly the sort of player that Arsenal need moving forward.
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“Someone to carry the ball, someone to create, someone to maybe unlock the potential of an Aubameyang.
“In the window they were trying to get Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.
“Aouar’s not exactly the same as Jack Grealish but he’s an attack-minded, box-to-box midfielder that I think would have made a difference.
“They still do need that type of player.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka has heaped praise on Grealish three days after the 3-0 defeat to Dean Smith’s side.
Saka and Grealish are both in the England squad for the current international break.
“He is a top player,” Saka said.
“When I came here [England duty] before in my first camp he was probably the player who impressed me the most in training.
“Before we played against Villa at the weekend we did analyse him and we picked him out as one of their main threats and he showed it in the game.
“He was amazing from start to finish so it is going to be good to play with him and not against him this week.”
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