Arsenal are set to approach Manchester City again this month, as Mikel Arteta sees Kalvin Phillips as the perfect midfield option for his side. The Arsenal manager raided his former club in the summer of 2022 when he signed Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus which propelled the Gunners up the Premier League table.
There is doubt over whether Manchester City would be willing to do business with Arsenal again following the Gunners’ rise over recent seasons has meant they’re now arguably City’s most serious competitors.
Although that hasn’t stopped Arsenal declaring their interest in the England midfielder this January and they’re not alone in the race with Newcastle United also pushing to sign Kalvin Phillips this month.
The 28-year-old has struggled for minutes since joining Manchester City from Leeds United in 2022. Phillips has started only one game in the Champions League and is yet to start a Premier League match this season. He has been restricted to only 89′ minutes of Premier League football all season, despite being available for every game.
It’s no surprise Kalvin Phillips is ready to leave Manchester City this month, in the hope of more regular minutes. Mikel Arteta wants to sign a defensive midfielder to allow Declan Rice to play further forward. With Thomas Partey still injured, there’s no doubt Phillips would start the majority of games, alongside Rice and Odegaard in the Arsenal midfield, if he is to sign for the North London club this month.
Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips have shown on multiple occasions for England that they have a great partnership on the pitch, so I think the former Leeds midfielder would be the ideal replacement for Thomas Partey.
Clearly Declan Rice thinks the same after his comments on the Manchester City midfielder while away on international duty a few months ago: “He’s one of the best professionals I’ve ever seen, if I’m honest with you.
“I’ve seen players who don’t play and throw their toys out of the pram completely and with Kal, every time he comes back here he pops on a shirt and puts in 110 per cent.
“He played with me against Scotland and I think that was his first start in a while and he played really well, so I’ll never question his professionalism and I don’t think any of the lads will.
“As a person as well, he’s an all-round top guy and he brings that onto the pitch. It’s obviously difficult when you’re not playing as a footballer and I know he wants to be playing more, for sure, but mentally he hasn’t broken.
“He hasn’t thrown his toys out of the pram. He gives everything every day, he still improves and still plays with a smile on his face so I can’t speak highly enough of him.”