Arsenal to move for Michael Carrick: Arsenal target Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick and are hopeful of luring the veteran from Old Trafford if the English center midfielder did not resign with the Red Devils.
Arsenal are after Michael Carrick once again and are ready to approach the player for the fourth time if he fails to get a new contract extension from United. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is believed to be an admirer of the veteran midfielder and the French man think Carrick can add experience and composure to Arsenal’s midfield.
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Arsenal already has experienced midfielders in Mathieu Flamini, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil but no one of them is as much experienced as Carrick in the English Premier League. The English man is not given a regular starting birth under Louis van Gaal and is below Bastian S in the pecking order. The German is out injured and once he gets his fitness back, Carrick has to see his playing time much reduced than ever.
 
Carrick is one of the last pieces left of the legendary squad of Sir Alex Ferguson and at 34, he is no more a reliable bet for a team like the new Manchester United. The Red Devils are in search of a consistent team and mostly prefer young players who can be a backbone to the club for some more years to come. Carrick is believed not to be in the club’s future plans.
 
Also, the rumors of Jose Mourinho joining Manchester United have created a fumble with united players since the Portuguese is well known for his transfer policies. Though Carrick has everything that Mourinho prefers, it is feared that the Portuguese may prefer Bastian S whom he admires. Carrick joined United in 2006 and enjoyed all success under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
 
The United vice-captain is a strong presence in the Manchester United dressing room and the players may feel his void. The fans may not be pleased to see their long serving player playing against them, but Carrick has some years left in him and may play a role for Arsene Wenger.

Carrick’s honours with Manchester United:

  • Five League titles
  • One Football League Cup
  • Five FA Community Shields
  • One UEFA Champions League
  • One FIFA Club World Cup

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