Former Scotland midfielder Don Hutchinson thinks Jack Grealish should snub a switch to Manchester United this summer in favour of linking up with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
Grealish played a pivotal role in helping Aston Villa retain their Premier League status on the last day of the season.
The 24-year-old is ready to take the next step in his career and has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was deliberating whether to sign Leicester ace James Maddison or Grealish.
The Norwegian boss has settled on Grealish and is expected to push forward with a deal once he captures Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho.
However, Hutchison thinks Grealish would be more suited to Arsenal as he would be guaranteed more minutes on the pitch.
“I think it’s all about timing,” Hutchison told ESPN FC.
“The form of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba has probably swayed Ole to stick with those two, if Paul Pogba hangs around, so timing is probably not on Jack’s side to go somewhere like Man United.
“I think he’d be a good signing for them, obviously, Liverpool as well.
“I think Arsenal at this present time would be a very good move for him.
“Having said that, it just depends on who else Arsenal bring in.
“Because if they expect to bring in Jack Grealish for between £40-45m and expect Arsenal to get to the top four, it ain’t gonna happen.
“So, if Jack Grealish is a stepping stone in terms of they’re going to then attract better players in different positions I.e. centre-halves, then they have got a chance.
“I think for Jack it will be a pretty good move because they’re a footballing side.”
Villa manager Dean Smith explained why his side are under no pressure to sell Grealish this summer.
“I have no idea. I’m certainly hopeful (he will play for Villa again),” he said. “He is contracted for another three years, I think.
“I have said many times before we have billionaire owners. If people want to come and get our best players they will cost an awful lot of money.
“He is an Aston Villa fan and will be immensely proud he scored the goal today which kept us in the Premier League.”
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