Is Ibrahim good enough for Arsenal?

Manchester City youngster Abdisalam Ibrahim has hinted that he would seriously consider a move down South to Arsenal.

The 22-year-old has been one of the few youngsters to progress from a flawed youth system at Manchester City and while he has no chance of getting into the first team at the Etihad, he’s still attracting interest from big clubs.

The versatile midfield man has revealed that he is aware of speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal and has implied that the chance to work with Arsene Wenger is something that would be very difficult to turn down.

“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,” he told Sky Sports News.

The reason it would be a dream come true is because of Arsene Wenger’s record when it comes to developing younger players and injecting them into the Arsenal first team.

It’s an interesting rumour when comparing him to Francis Coquelin, an under pressure player at Arsenal who has greater Premier League experience at the same age.

Arsene Wenger has never signed players unless he feels they are better than the ones he already has to choose from and there is sufficient evidence to suggest that Ibrahim is no better than Coquelin.

The example of coquelin hints that should Ibrahim move, he'd just be shifting the location of his problem rather than solving it because the Frenchman is being linked with a high profile move to Schalke.

The managerial change at the Etihad Stadium could work in his favour because Manuel Pellegrini could use a lot more youth or younger players in the first team over buying in from the outside.

If that’s the case then Ibrahim has no reason to move because he’s already established at a big club and wouldn't need to risk that with a move to Arsenal where he's not necessarily better than players already at the club.

“We will see what happens in the next couple of months about my future - I'd like to meet the new manager if it's Pelligrini and see what he has to say,” he added.

If Pellegrini shows him no signs that his position or status in the Manchester City squad is going to change then he should be on the phone to Arsenal straight away.

The Gunners should actually be putting pressure on him to move now because it could be much easier for them to sign a player of his potential from a club that has no manager.

If it's an easy deal for Arsenal then they should certainly consider it because it would just increase the quality of their squad and competition from the younger players.

He’s made just one appearance for City so far during his career, which shows how much they undervalue him and under use him. Arsenal could poach a very good player on a cheap deal.

Do you think he should stay or go?

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