Arsenal hero urges Mikel Arteta to sign Jack Grealish after Man Utd opted against bid

Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva believes the Gunners should go out and buy Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish and take advantage of Manchester United’s decision not to bid for the Englishman.

Grealish is having a superb start to the season for club and country.

The playmaker has bagged four goals and recorded six assists in seven Premier League games so far this campaign.

He pulled the strings as Villa thrashed Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates just before the international break, providing assist for Ollie Watkins’ second goal of the game.

Grealish continued his impressive form with a superb performance for England in Thursday night’s 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland.

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He set up Jadon Sancho’s goal in the dominant victory, sliding the ball through for the Borussia Dortmund ace to fire home in the first-half of the match.

Grealish’s superb start to the season has come off the back of signing a new five-year contract at Villa Park.

Having been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this summer, he ended all the speculation by inking a long-term deal worth a reported £120,000 per-week.

United were believed to be leading the way for his signature earlier in the year, and were said to be confident of signing him before the window opened.

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However, they ended up balking at Villa’s asking price – believed to be £80million – and moved onto other targets.

Now, Gilberto believes Arsenal should take advantage of United’s decision and make a move of their own.

The Gunners have struggled creatively this season, and failed to create any chances for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Willian during the match against Villa.

And Gilberto feels Grealish could be the answer to their problems creatively, as he explained on his podcast that the playmaker can be “somebody for the future” at the Emirates.

“Grealish, amazing,” he said on his podcast. “It seems like he could be a player that Arsenal missed.

“With his ability, he was one of the guys in the middle who can play beautiful football.

“He controls the ball, assists and can score goals.

“He is slightly different from Dennis Bergkamp, but he could be somebody for the future at Arsenal.”

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