What Marcus Rashford has said about Manchester United future amid Arsenal 'secret meeting'

Marcus Rashford has reportedly met with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta in recent weeks ahead of the summer transfer window opening next month.

According to @AFCCAMDEN on X, the Gunners head coach has met with the Manchester United forward, with the prospect of the 26-year-old moving to Emirates Stadium among the topics discussed. The account suggests there is interest from both sides but it "remains to be seen how willing United would be to sell" to Arsenal.

Rashford has struggled for form this season, leading to questions over what the future holds for the England international. The forward appeared 43 times for Man Utd this campaign, scoring eight goals and assisting five more.

With Rashford signing a new contract with the Red Devils only last summer, a deal until 2028 worth £325,000 a week, any move away from Old Trafford will not be straightforward. It will also likely be expensive, especially if a sale is to a rival such as Arsenal.

Interestingly, Rashford has previously hinted that he wants to stay at Manchester United for his entire career. Speaking to Goal in 2020, he said: “For me, I never look beyond Manchester United.

"As a kid I never looked beyond Manchester United. In my mind it wouldn't sit right for me to be pulling on another shirt. I just want to do my best for the club while I'm here. Long term hopefully.”

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"All the good things that have happened this year have come from Manchester United giving me an opportunity as a kid. I don't just remember the last year or the last five years,” he added.

“I'm talking about when nobody in my family drove and I had to get to training and United had people to come and take me to the training ground and take me back home when I was six, seven, eight, nine. The times they put me into accommodation when my mum was struggling at home, when I was 11 and I was there up until 16/17.

"It is a lot deeper than what people see sometimes. I think people see some of the stuff that has been happening since I've been in the first team but the bond that I have with United is much greater than these last five years and it will forever be greater than probably my actual career because they are the reason I have become a footballer, they have given me the opportunity to express myself and to find out I had talent in football."

Of course, it remains to be seen if Rashford will move to Arsenal this summer. understands that the Gunners are in the market for a forward, preferably someone who can play in multiple positions across the front line. Benjamin Sesko, Alexander Isak, Joshua Zirkzee and Brian Brobbey are among the names to have been linked.