Arsenal are keeping an eye on Liverpool’s Glen Johnson as contract talks between the England defender and the club stall according to reports on talkSPORT.
Johnson’s current Liverpool deal ends at the end of next season and there has been no progress yet on renewing the deal. This could see Arsenal and other clubs readying to try tempt Johnson away from Liverpool. If the Reds are not to offer Johnson a new deal then it would be wise to cash in on him this summer and get a bit of money for him rather than letting him go for free at the end of his contract.
It is no surprise that Arsenal would be interested in Johnson as they are set to lose their right back, Bacary Sagna, for free at the end of this season, so they will try to push hard to bring in a player of Johnson’s quality.
Arsenal tried to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool in the summer and that move did not come through and I can not see Liverpool selling one of their better players to a rival. Fair to say that the Reds relationship with the Gunners was heavily strained following that Suarez saga.
Johnson has had a very average season for Liverpool this term. He suffered an knee injury early on in the season against Manchester United but he has since recovered from that but not looked like the best right back in the league. Whether it is him not playing well because of these contract talks, only he can answer that. One thing for certain though is that he needs to pull up his socks in the second half of the season and help us finish in the top four and at the same time cement his place at England’s first choice right back at the World Cup in Brazil as Tottenham’s Kyle Walker is hot on his heels.
There is no doubt that Johnson is a quality player and on his day, can rival any right back in the world. We just need him to start playing well again and if he does so then he will certainly warrant a new contract from FSG. One of the reasons some are saying why Johnson has not been offered a new contract is that he is demanding higher wages and FSG are not willing to break the bank for a player who is already 29-years old. We saw how FSG got rid of Joe Cole, Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll off the wage bill in the summer, so I can not see them wanting to inflate the wage bill again. Glen Johnson has to decide what he wants, if it is more money then Liverpool may not be the place for him, but if he wants to be part of a team in progress and on track to achieve great success in the coming seasons, then he should stick around.