One footballer who was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal was Bernardo Silva after falling down the pecking order at Man City. Portugal international made clear his desire to leave over the summer after four years with the champions, having arrived from Monaco in 2017.
Atletico Madrid had also registered their interest in Silva, but Man City’s £60m asking price scared off any possible suitors. Considering the Gunners’ huge investment this summer, the school of thought is that signing a proven performer such as Bernardo would have been wiser than gambling on Martin Odegaard.
The 27-year-old attacker showed his quality after being handed his third start of the campaign by Pep Guardiola with Leicester City. And the Portuguese attacker repaid his faith with a deft finish to hand Man City the only goal of the match at the King Power Stadium.
On a day where Man United and Chelsea both won convincingly, such a victory was crucial. In truth, the goal only underlined Silva’s supreme overall performance. Bernardo was comfortable in possession, creating opportunities for his teammates and enjoying a free role in midfield.
It is curious that Silva is not a regular figure in Pep Guardiola’s plans given his recent performances. But the Spanish manager, while heaping praise on his performance and expressing his delight that he remained at the club, admits his long-term future is still unclear.