Danny Mills has urged Dominic Calvert-Lewin to reject Arsenal and stay put at Everton, claiming they have as much of a chance of winning trophies.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Danny Mills has had some interesting quips to share when speaking about the latest rumours linking Dominic Calvert-Lewin to Arsenal. And the former Manchester City defender has told the Everton striker to snub a switch to the Emirates, comparing the pedigrees of Rafael Benitez and Mikel Arteta.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been on a consistently upward trajectory since joining Everton from Sheffield United in the summer of 2016. Initially played across the attacking line, the 24-year-old enjoyed his proper breakthrough at Goodison Park in the 2019/20 season, when he finally ended up establishing himself as a key figure for the Toffees.
The 2020/21 season was even better, as he scored a career-high 21 goals across all competitions and he has carried that form early in the new campaign, with three goals in as many games so far. Currently making his way back from an injury, the English international will be aiming to enjoy another strong season post his return.
His progress, though, has captured the attention of some of the biggest clubs in England, with the latest suitors for the player being Arsenal. However, Calvert-Lewin has been urged to reject the overtures of Arsenal and stay put at Everton by Danny Mills.
❌ “I wouldn’t [leave Everton to join Arsenal]. Look at Rafa’s pedigree vs Mikel Arteta’s pedigree.”
🤔 “Have Arsenal got a bigger chance of winning trophies? I’d say they’re on par right now…”
Danny Mills feels Calvert Lewin moving to Arsenal would be a sideways step pic.twitter.com/bkH7Vh9tfy
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 5, 2021
Speaking on talkSPORT, Mills said, “I wouldn’t, not right now. When you look at what Rafa Benitez has done, the two players he’s brought in that have really been beneficial. You look at his pedigree versus Mikel Arteta’s pedigree… I know where I’m going and who I believe is going to get it right long term.”
“Everton have got a lot of money, they’re very well backed financially, possibly moving into a new stadium sooner rather than later. I think he will thrive under Rafa Benitez and get even better. [If he] Goes to arsenal, [I’m] not sure. Have they really got more chance of winning trophies? I would say Everton and Arsenal are probably on par for winning a trophy, I don’t think there’s an awful lot between it.”
Everton have made a fine start to the 2021/22 campaign, sitting just two points behind table toppers Chelsea, most recently impressing in their fighting 1-1 draw with Manchester United. However, whether Arsenal still carry a lure for someone like Calvert-Lewin will be interesting to see as they look to bring in a new striker in the coming transfer windows.