Adam Johnson is looking more likely to need a new club for this season as Manchester City looks to complete the acquisition of Scott Sinclair from Swansea. The £5 million deal is set to be completed today as the Citizens continue their quest to buy British this season after adding Jack Rodwell to the team last week. Sinclair impressed everyone with his performances for Swansea last season.
With the addition of Sinclair, it is most likely that Roberto Mancini will look to off-load Adam Johnson on permanent basis or on a whole case scenario a loan deal. I am not sure why Johnson is not being sought after more by the Premiership clubs because he is good player to have in the team. Looking at our beloved Arsenal, Johnson actually ticks all the squares that we want and need in the team at the moment.
Johnson plays largely on the wings and being a left foot player is ideal as the backup for Gervinho. Our left flank is a bit exposed as Gervinho is the only recognized left winger in the team. The previous incumbent for the position was Arshavin but he is rumored to be leaving for Zenit St Petersburg. Moreover, Arshavin’s performances over the past two seasons have left a lot to be desired. I don’t see any other player making a run for this position so we really need cover here.
Johnson is actually the kind of player Arsene Wenger likes. Young, quick, talented and being British means an added plus since he will not be counted under the non-English quota. I believe the manager was very interested in him when he was in Middlesborough up to the extent that we made a bid for him. Unfortunately, like many, the greed got better of him and he chose Manchester City. The end result is two wasted years spending sitting on the sidelines when he could have really made a name for himself with Arsenal.
Now it is not too late for Johnson and Arsenal to take advantage of this opportunity. Obviously, Manchester City does not need him and the player wants to go so he will be available for a loan. I doubt that Arsene Wenger is looking to buy Johnson now so a loan deal would be perfect for both parties. If he is successful, Arsenal can always buy him next season. We have passed on a lot of players up north, now it is time to take one for our own.