‘They would take him’ – Danny Mills thinks Arsenal could bid for Spurs man if Tierney move fails
Former Premier League footballer Danny Mills believes that Arsenal should move for Danny Rose if their pursuit of Celtic’s Kieran Tierney falls through.
Arsenal are said to be in negotiations over a possible deal for the Scottish full-back, but have failed to come to an agreement with Celtic so far with time ticking towards the end of the transfer window.
And ex-Leeds United defender Mills believes an alternative could be closer to home than Arsenal may realise, with Tottenham’s Danny Rose being touted as a potential solution in the Gunners’ search for a left-back.
He told Football Insider: “He’ll want to play football and he’ll want to be first-choice. You’ve got the Euros coming up next year – if he’s not playing, that jeopardises his chances of making the Euros squad. It could be his last international tournament.
“If Arsenal can’t get Tierney, would they take Danny Rose? They should do. The Arsenal-Tottenham thing is of course always going to be an issue, but they would take him.
“Realistically, in terms of where he would want to go, they’d be up there challenging, in and around, what other London clubs could afford him?”
Mills makes a compelling argument for Rose to seek football at the Emirates Stadium with the European Championships approaching. However, the idea Spurs would be willing to help out a direct rival in Arsenal by handing them one of their main starters from last season (28 last year in all competitions) may be unlikely, especially so late in the window.
What’s more, there can be no guarantees that an Arsenal move for Rose would ensure first-team football, with arguably more competition in his position currently at the Gunners in the shape of Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal – with only Ben Davies in direct company in the other half of North London.
Therefore, any potential route towards the Emirates Stadium would have to be taken with caution – in more ways than one – should Rose seek game time ahead of the Euros.
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