Arsenal would benefit from Toure experience during post-Wenger transition

Former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville has told Sky Sports that Arsenal should sign departing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, according to The Express.

What’s the word?

The Ivory Coast international will call an end to his eight-year stay at the Etihad Stadium next month.

The 34-year-old, who has won five league titles across his career, dropped down the pecking order in Pep Guardiola’s team this season.

Toure has made it clear that he wants to remain in England, and now Neville has chimed in, suggesting that Arsenal should swoop.

The Gunners will be going through plenty of changes this summer as they begin life without manager Arsene Wenger, who has been in charge of the North London outfit for the past 22 years.

Neville thinks that a sense of leadership is missing from the middle of the park, and Toure could fill that void.

According to The Express, while speaking to Sky Sports, the former United player said:

“To be fair they could do worse than maybe have him for a season to sort out the culture in there. You’d have to play him in midfield, you couldn’t play him at the back. You’d have to play him in midfield and get people around him with legs.”

Does Neville have a point?

It is difficult to suggest who Arsenal should target as the club are yet to hire a new manager.

The style of football, and therefore personnel, will be dependent on who takes over as the club’s new coach.

However, having an experienced player such as Toure could prove to be a shrewd move during this transitional period.

Arsenal are lacking leaders, particularly in the middle of the field, and having the ex-Man City man in the squad could provide a sense of authority.

From Toure’s point of view, he will have to accept the fact that he will not be in the first XI every week, but the former Barcelona will get his wish of staying at the top level.