Alan Smith: James Milner would be a good signing for Arsenal

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Alan Smith says that James Milner, who is currently at Manchester City, would be a good signing for Arsenal.

Alan Smith has written in The Telegraph that Arsenal should sign James Milner in the summer transfer window.

The 29-year-old England international midfielder is on the books of Manchester City at the moment, but he will become a free agent at the end of the season.

The former Newcastle United and Aston Villa star’s current contract with City runs out in June, and no new deal is in place.

Former Arsenal striker Smith believes that the Gunners should make a move for Milner in the summer.

“I am hearing that Arsenal are very interested in signing James Milner,” the 52-year-old wrote in The Telegraph.

“If true, the move reflects the pragmatic approach that has helped to shape the team’s wonderful run, when greater attention to the opposition’s strengths has turned Arsene Wenger’s side into a more organised outfit.

“Milner’s arrival might not float the boat of every Arsenal fan, but I reckon Manchester City’s loss would prove to be Arsenal’s gain.”

Should Arsenal move for James Milner?

Milner will be a free agent in the summer, which means that Arsenal will not have to pay any transfer fee for the former Leeds United midfielder.

That will certainly be an important factor, especially as Milner has loads of Premier League experience.

The 29-year-old is not the best of midfielders, but he can - and does - get the job done. However, Arsenal do not need another midfielder.

Manager Arsene Wenger already have enough - perhaps more than enough - midfielders in his team.

Moreover, Milner is not a regular at City. Will the Englishman be willing to move to a club where he is not guaranteed playing time?

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