City midfielder would be 'very honoured' to play for Arsenal

Could Arsenal finally get one over on Manchester City this summer in the transfer market?

When it comes to transfers, in recent years the route between Arsenal and Manchester City has been strictly one-way.

Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure and Gael Clichy are among those to sign - along with former goalkeeper Richard Wright.

Even former Gunner David Platt was until recently on the coaching staff at City, where Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira still remains, overseeing youth development.

But could that trend change, and Arsenal sign a player from City this summer?

It might just happen, at least if Abdisalam Ibrahim has anything to do with it.

The 21-year-old midfielder is contracted to City until 2014 and has been playing on loan in Norway this season with Stromsgodset, with Sky Sports reporting that he has received 'rave reviews.'

And today he has been speaking out on his future and has been surprisingly open about his desire to sign for Arsenal.

"I'm very flattered to be linked with Arsenal, I grew up as an Arsenal fan and my hero was Patrick Vieira when he was playing there.

"I would be very honoured to play for Arsenal and it would be all my dreams come true to work with Arsene Wenger."

It would seem he can get away with those comments due to his lack of first team status at City, and belief he has little future prospects there. In addition there is no current City manager in place to reprimand him.

Ibrahim is heading to Israel as part of Norway's squad for the under-21 European Championships which kick-off next week, where he will hope to catch the eye of scouts of the Premier League's top clubs.

Sky Sports have on more than one occasion reported Arsenal's interest in the midfielder, but only along with a number of other clubs. How serious Arsene Wenger is about him remains to be seen, with other midfielders like Maxime Gonalons and Etienne Capoue thought to be higher on his list of priorities.

So Ibrahim's dream may be just that, but he has a major chance to influence that in the under-21 tournament, and may just drive up his price tag in the process.

What do you know about Ibrahim? Should Arsenal be paying attention? 

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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