The quotes which prove Micah Richards would like to play for Arsenal

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Micah Richards has been linked with joining Arsenal from Manchester City.

Arsenal to Manchester City has become a well-trodden transfer route in recent years, with Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri making moves with varying degress of success and hostility.

Carl Jenkinson was even linked with doing the same last week, but there was a sudden role reversal going on in the weekend's papers with Micah Richards being tipped to leave the Etihad for the Emirates.

The move would make sense in the respect that Arsenal are expected to sell Bacary Sagna this summer, and Richards faces competition for his right-back spot at City from Pablo Zabaleta and Maicon.

Now Richards has been a one-club man through his career, and leaving City would be a big step for him, but if there were one club he would leave for, it would be Arsenal.

You see Birmingham-born Richards grew up as an Arsenal fan, but not only that he has even said he would like to play for the Gunners.

He made the statement back in 2007, in an interview with Nuts magazine:

"I was a big Ian Wright fan when I was younger so I supported Arsenal. Wright and Patrick Vieira were my idols, so yeah, if the opportunity came to play for them one day I'd take it."

Now of course the 'supported' is very much past tense, and the quotes are six years ago, but if Richards is considering his future it remains likely the Gunners are the only club he'd consider.

Back in 2007 of course joining Arsenal would have been a step up from City, Richards followed up his statement with: "But right now I'm concentrating on keeping City in the top half and we've got the players to do it."

Now there are no such worries for City and joining Arsenal, a club who are well short of challenging for the title, is a step down.

Nevertheless if Richards wants first team football he may look to make a move, Zabaleta has been excellent and the Englishman may have to adapt himself to playing more regularly as a centre-back if he wants to get more first team football under his belt when he returns from injury.

His quotes while old, do indicate that if Roberto Mancini was mad enough to accept an offer for him, which we really feel he shouldn't, then the defender may not have too many difficulties in being persuaded to move south.

What do you think should Richards move to Arsenal if the offer is there?

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