Gary Lineker has aimed a sly dig at Arsenal amid their links with James Maddison, suggesting a switch to the Emirates will be a backward move.
The transfer window is well underway and Arsenal are up and running for the summer. With one transfer already secured, the Gunners seem intent on making early moves, with one of their key targets being James Maddison. However, as per Leicester City and England legend Gary Lineker, a move to the Emirates will be a backward step.
Responding to a rumour suggesting that Arsenal are set to approach Maddison, who is the Gunners’ primary target following the arrival of Nuno Tavares, with the England international also set for a lucrative four-year contract on offer, Gary Lineker has chosen to aim a taunt at Arsenal.
Quoting the aforementioned rumour, Lineker tweeted, “From my experience, taking a backward step never ends well.” The comment might be tongue in cheek, but the fact of the matter is that in recent campaigns, Leicester City have been much better off as compared to Arsenal.
The Foxes have finished ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League in each of the last two campaigns while also winning the FA Cup last term. Nevertheless, the north Londoners are still regarded as one of the heavyweights of the English top-flight despite a drop in stature in the past half a decade or so.
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) July 11, 2021
Arsenal also appear to be lining up some crucial moves in the transfer market this summer, with James Maddison being one of their key targets. Mikel Arteta & co. are indeed in desperate need of a boost in creativity, especially following the expiration of Martin Odegaard’s loan deal from Real Madrid.
On the flip side, with Leicester City having some lofty ambitions and aiming to clinch a top-four finish at long last to return to the UEFA Champions League, Maddison is exactly that kind of player needed in Brendan Rodgers’ side to push them to their best levels.
All in all, this is an intriguing transfer saga involving Arsenal, Leicester City and James Maddison, with England legend Gary Lineker’s comments adding some spice to all the developments.