Do Arsenal or Liverpool need Manchester City's James Milner?

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Reports emerged on Monday that Manchester City midfielder James Milner could be eyeing a move away from the Etihad this summer with Liverpool and Arsenal suggested as possible destinations.

The 28-year-old England international has reportedly told Manchester City he wants to leave this summer after growing frustrated at his lack of first-team starts at the Premier League champions.

Milner arrived at the Etihad in 2010 from Aston Villa where he had been regarded as a star but has featured more as a squad player at City under Roberto Mancini and now Manuel Pellegrini.

However, whether or not reports of his hopes of leaving for pastures new are true or not – after all, it is not unusual for players negotiating new contract terms to suggest they could leave their club – would Milner even be on the wish list at either Liverpool or Arsenal as has been suggested.

He is a versatile midfielder who can and has featured on the flanks (either left or right) as well as in central midfield and there is no doubt he is a hard worker with a good attitude – his determination and work ethic were a standout feature of his performances way back in his days even at Newcastle and Leeds United.

Liverpool however already have an abundance of quality and depth in their midfield – Brendan Rodgers can count the likes of captain Steven Gerrard, England colleague Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen, and Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto and Oussama Assaidi on the wings at present.

Meanwhile, over at the Emirates, the FA Cup winners can count a vast array of talent in those same areas – Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, young Serge Gnabry and, not to mention Mesut Ozil who can all function in midfield or wide areas as well as the injured Theo Walcott.

I can’t see a place in the team or a space on the books at Arsenal for James Milner and whilst there may well be players on the way out in some relevant positions at Anfield, I find it hard to see Rodgers bringing in a player of his age on the kind of wages that he would demand when the coach is more of an advocate of bringing through young players in general.

Overall, this whole story sound suspiciously like the kind of rumours that pop up when a player is trying to negotiate a new contract, especially when that player is not necessarily getting the kind of game time he would ideally like.

All in all, I would expect James Milner to stay at Manchester City and, if he does move on, I highly doubt it will be to either Liverpool or Arsenal this summer.

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