Arsenal faced with same issue that Danny Murphy claimed caused 'unhappy faces' at Liverpool

Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, looks dejected during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2023
Mikel Arteta risks having disgruntled players in his Arsenal squad -Credit:Getty Images

Former Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre has warned against signing Bruno Guimaraes as they face a similar problem that Liverpool had.

The north London club are believed to have the Newcastle United midfielder on their radar as they seek to strengthen their squad - regardless of whether or not they clinch the Premier League title in what could be an epic season finale on Sunday.

Mikel Arteta's side are believed to be placing priority on securing a new striker and a central midfield reinforcement this summer, the latter of which may be addressed by attempting to snap up the Magpies' box-to-box maestro Guimaraes.

However, Silvestre, speaking to, cautioned his old side against making the move. Via the Mirror, he said: "Bruno Guimaraes is a starter, so I don't think it would make sense to bring him to Arsenal with all the other midfield players they have.

"Declan Rice, [Thomas] Partey and Jorginho play that position, but all the good players will be linked to Arsenal and the other top teams. I don't see that happening but I could be wrong."

However, Arteta's willingness to ruthlessly chop and change his team - exemplified by the replacement of Aaron Ramsdale by David Raya - is well-documented. Jurgen Klopp faced a similar dilemma at Liverpool after their Premier League triumph in 2020.

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The Reds brought in Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, adding to an already crowded midfield. Ex-Liverpool star Danny Murphy foresaw Georginio Wijnaldum's departure, which indeed happened a year later, and suggested that the addition of Thiago could lead to discontent among those with reduced playing time, a situation Arteta might now encounter.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: "There is no doubt in my mind Thiago Alcantara is coming to Liverpool as a first XI player - I doubt very much he's had any conversations with Jurgen Klopp about sitting on the bench this season.

"He has great feet, passes well, has super awareness and can play in any of the midfield positions. I don't see any risk at under £30million because he only had a year left on his Bayern contract.

"I do think Gini Wijnaldum's departure has an air of inevitability about it now because Liverpool will have seven or eight players challenging for three positions, which means too many unhappy faces for the balance of the squad."