Date of publication: Thursday, October 29, 2020 1:15
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has revealed he will withdraw the chance to play for Liverpool or Manchester City right now because of Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley.
the Match of the day expert was talking on his new podcast Wright House and expressed their admiration for the English duo, which helped Aston Villa enjoy their most impressive start to a top-flight season in 90 years.
Dean Smith’s men avoided relegation on the last day of last season and had an exciting start to the campaign with four wins in their opening five games, including a 7-2 beating on Liverpool.
Barkley was one of five new hires for the summer with record-signers Ollie Watkins, Emi Martinez, Bertrand Traore and Matty Cash also arriving at Villa Park.
Wright, who has scored 113 Premier League goals, went one step further and compared Villa to Claudio Ranieri’s title-winning side at Leicester City in 2015/16.
“If I had to choose someone [to play for] right now it’s really weird, I don’t know if I could play for City or Liverpool, ”the former Arsenal striker said on his podcast.
“I would probably like to play for Aston Villa right now because of Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley.
“Only because the pace of work you have to do there – it’s not enough to be up there for Pep [Guardiola]. I need freedom.
“I need this freedom. Villa is a team now… if they walked the streets they would wear the coolest sneakers, the coolest pants.
“I’m desperate that the fans are coming back there for Villa now,” he continued. “I’ve said it before, I get a Leicester vibe. Almost down, coming next season and in a Premier League season where I can’t tell you who’s going to be in the top three, the top four because everything is so inconsistent and chaotic right now … would love that Villa a blast, Everton to just have a blast.
Grealish and Barkley are ‘so happy’
Super Jack, who signed a five-year contract to stay at his childhood club until 2025, was instrumental in persuading Barkley to leave Stamford Bridge for Villa and Wright loves the bond the couple seem to have between them on and off the pitch. .
“Do you know what I like about Grealish and Barkley?” You can almost just see after the game that they’re just saying, ‘Come on let’s go play PlayStation, let’s go do stuff’ – they’re so happy.
“I love that Jack Grealish, with the power he’s got here now, said, ‘Go get Ross Barkley. Go get Ross Barkley for me because he’s going to help me ”. They look so beautiful.
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