By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal were urged to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the superstar striker’s masterclass helped to eliminate Chelsea from the Champions League.
Ibrahimovic’s Paris Saint-Germain contract ends in the summer and he has opened the door to a move to the Premier League by revealing he is keen to keep playing at the top-level next season.
In a thrilling encounter at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, the 34-year-old forward scored the winner and laid on the opener for Adrien Rabiot as PSG beat Chelsea 2-1 to clinch a 4-2 aggregative win over the Londoners.
It keeps alive the Swede’s hopes of winning the Champions League for the first time in a glittering career and gave a nudge to interested Premier League clubs.
Rio Ferdinand is convinced that Arsenal should make a move for Ibrahimovic, ideally in time for the next Premier League season.
“This game was decided by clinical, top level play and he was at the centre of that both times, one with an assist and one with a goal, that basically ended the tie,” the former England international told BT Sport afterwards. “Even at 34, he showed today that English clubs should be looking at this guy to be the catalyst to win things as that’s what he does, he wins things.
“When you’ve won 12 titles in 14 years you’ve got a right to have an ego that size. What was great about him today was that he was dominant. Against English sides before, I’ve not seen him be that dominant.”
Asked who should sign Ibrahimovic, Ferdinand replied: “Arsenal. He would give them that winning mentality.”
Ferdinand’s fellow pundit Hoddle added: “If he’s on a free transfer next year, I’d love to see him in the Premier League, my word.
“He would suit Arsenal or Chelsea, although probably not the pressing game that Pep [Guardiola] will want to play at Manchester City.”