Ilkay Gundogan to Arsenal: Pep Guardiola has told Mikel Arteta why Man City midfielder is the perfect signing

Ilkay Gundogan to Arsenal: Pep Guardiola has told Mikel Arteta why Man City midfielder is the perfect signing

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has already told Arsenal why Ilkay Gundogan will be the perfect summer signing.

Standard Sport understands that Mikel Arteta has made the midfielder a key transfer target this summer with his City contract coming to an end.

City have not given up hope of extending Gundogan's contract, while Barcelona are also interested, and it's of no surprise given Guardiola's recent lavish praise.

“Ilkay is such an important player," Guardiola told reporters last month. "Humanity, leading with silence - and yet when he talks everybody listens.

"He is a football player defined perfectly. An attacking midfielder with a sense of goal and assists. He is so intelligent in the moment and always in the right position. He can also play as a holding midfielder.

"Ilkay is an exceptional player in all senses."

Guardiola continued: "He is so intelligent, Gundo. So clever. So competitive. Under pressure… he handles it without a problem. He’s one of the best players I ever trained in my career. The whole package. He’s top. Top class."

Ilkay Gundogan has won five league titles with Man City (AP)
Ilkay Gundogan has won five league titles with Man City (AP)

Gundogan is also popular among this team-mates, especially the younger ones.

Rico Lewis recently said: "He is such a calm, cool and collected player that it makes your job easier as well."

Manuel Akanji, who joined City last summer, added: "I think he is the best player I have ever played the possession game with.

"I feel like he has eyes in the back of his head, really. it just looks so effortless. He does a turn and it looks so easy. He could do with it with his eyes closed."