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In the news today:
Sam Wallace of The Independent writes that Everton defender, Phil Jagielka has turned down an opportunity to join Arsenal this summer. The England international, who is a long-term target of Arsenal, has supposedly snubbed a move south because he doesn’t see Arsenal as an ‘attractive’ opportunity.
Wallace writes that Jagielka ‘does not regard a move to Arsenal as a more attractive option than staying at Everton.’
With a price tag of over £15m and at 28 years old, this could well be Jagielka’s final chance to play at the peak of the top flight. However, does Jagielka’s admission ultimately suggest that Arsenal are losing their ‘big club’ appeal, as the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City raid their rivals of their best talents?
Jagielka signed a new four year contract with Everton this year, and should he turn down Arsenal in favour of staying on Merseyside, it would suggest that he intends on honouring that deal – the kind of loyalty that many Arsenal fans are calling for closer to home.
With Samir Nasri’s on and off move to Manchester City, should the Frenchman follow in the footsteps of several Gooners before him, does this add argument to Wallace’s case?