Charles Watts have told Arsenal fans ‘not to get their hopes up’ over a potential move for Sergio Aguero this summer.
Arteta worked with the Argentina international during his time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at the Etihad Stadium, and the 32-year-old’s recent announcement confirming he will be departing the Citizens at the end of the current campaign has led to speculation that the pair could be reunited.
However, the Gunners boss poured cold water on those rumours and Watts doesn’t think a move for the South American is likely to occur in the upcoming transfer window.
He said: “Now, inevitably, he was asked – ‘Could Arsenal be that next chapter [for Aguero]? Will you pick up the phone and ask Sergio about what his plans are for next season?’ And Mikel – jokingly, I have to add, I’m sure you’ll see the clip at some point – he was laughing about it. He said, ‘No, no, no, no, no. We will see what happens with him in the future.’
“So, you’ll probably see a lot of people, a lot of websites going with Mikel hints, Arteta hints at Sergio Aguero move to Arsenal in the summer. I don’t think it was like that. You can go and see the clip. I think he was laughing, he was joking, he was clearly saying it.
“Take it all with a pinch of salt, I would say. I can’t imagine Arsenal were going to go and make a move for Sergio Aguero in the summer, so don’t get your hopes up too much on that one.”
TIF Thoughts on Aguero…
Aguero, who is valued at £22.5 million (as per Transfermarkt), has been an incredible servant to the Citizens since arriving back in 2011 and will depart the Sky Blues as the club’s all-time top goalscorer.
His imminent departure has seen several of the continent’s top sides be linked as the race for his signature starts, however, it’s perhaps unlikely that Arsenal will join the hunt.
Arteta’s charges are already well-stocked in that department with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, and the north London outfit may therefore prioritise other positions this summer.