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26-year-old striker: I would love to play for Arsenal

By Emma Sanders

Mario Balotelli has insisted he would never go back to Liverpool to play football but he would consider a move to Arsenal if it ever became an opportunity.

The Liverpool flop failed to make a career in Merseyside after his £16 million switch and he has since criticised Brendan Rodgers for his treatment towards him.

In 16 league appearances, Balotelli scored just one goal in the Premier League while at Anfield and he scored just four goals in total in all competitions.

He was sent out on loan to AC Milan before Jurgen Klopp secured a free transfer for him to Ligue 1 side Nice in the summer where he seems to have re-found his form.

However, on the possibility of a return to England, Balotelli made it clear Liverpool would never be an option but he’d be happy to return to Manchester City and he named Arsenal as the second club he has always liked the most.

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“[If I go back to England] for sure not Liverpool. Because I found myself very bad in Liverpool,” Balotelli told Xinhua, as quoted by Metro.

“The first one I think in England is Manchester City, and the second team I always like is Arsenal.”

So far this season, Balotelli has scored seven goals in 10 matches but given his previous experiences in the Premier League it’s very unlikely he will return.

The 26-year-old has always been in the headlines for controversy but during his time at Manchester City, he set up Sergio Aguero’s goal which won them the Premier League in 2012.

In other Arsenal news, Theo Walcott is axed in the best possible 4-3-3 for Arsenal’s clash on Saturday.