According to reports from The Telegraph, Arsenal are monitoring Ross Barkley as a potential replacement for star midfielder Mesut Ozil.
The German World Cup winner is yet to extend his contract beyond the end of next season and coincidentally, the England international finds himself in the exact same situation at Everton.
That has inevitably cast doubts over his immediate future on Merseyside and the Telegraph’s report has unsurprisingly coincided with Barkley claiming a place in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.
Despite often being accused of inconsistency since first breaking through at Goodison Park, Barkley’s amid a decent run of form with one goal and five assists in his last nine appearances for the Toffees.
However, it’s fair to say Arsenal fans aren’t quite so convinced by the idea of Barkley replacing Ozil at the tip of their midfield next season. In fact, some fans on Twitter are borderline furious about it…
@afcstuff even though this is completely bull, at least link us with some good players… damn it
— ℳℜ.KIИGßEEZ♔GOOИERツ (@lando_AFC) March 21, 2017
@afcstuff Ross fecking Barkley???
Oh pur-lease have some thought for the ARSENAL fans please Wenger.
— 666 πομπώδη Αλαζονικ (@OccidoLumen666) March 20, 2017
@afcstuff do not bring ross Barkley to my football club, especially to replace Ozil
— (@AFCFutbol_) March 20, 2017
If Wenger tries to replace Ozil with Ross Barkley I will know he has completely lost the plot!!!
— Sphamandla (@ImBlackBond) March 21, 2017
@GurjitAFC wow so barkley is going to replace ozil now, we are an absolute mess..
— ashamul tahir (@Tahir178) March 21, 2017
Imagine going from Ozil to Barkley. Doesn’t even bare thinking about.
— George Bamfield (@Bammers05) March 21, 2017
Arsenal looking at Barkley to replace Ozil?? Looks like I’ll be watching more of Juve and BVB next season then.
— Il Principe Oscuro (@edi287) March 21, 2017
We are trying to replace ozil with Barkley I’m off to hang
— Daniėl (@RegistaDan) March 20, 2017
If we replace Ozil with Barkley I hope we liquidate
— Matt (@MattRiverss) March 20, 2017