Is this the man to replace Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal?

Dozens of names have been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent days following the news that Cesc Fabregas wants to leave the club.

The Spanish midfielder is expected to join Barcelona in the coming weeks with several reports claiming a £45 million deal may be complete before the World Cup kicks-off.

One player who would fit right in at Arsenal according to many top pundits is Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland.

The former Republic of Ireland international has struggled to make an impact at Eastlands since Roberto Mancini arrived at the club last December.

Before Mancini’s arrival, Ireland was considered by many as one of the best midfield players in the Premier League. Ireland, 23, was voted the club’s Player of the Year for the 08/09 season and was nominated for the PFA’s Young Player of the Year award in the same season.

Ireland would no doubt jump at the chance to move to the Emirates and with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believed to be a keen admirer of his, I believe there is a good chance this move will happen.

It is thought that Arsenal would have to pay around the £9 million mark for Ireland and in my opinion, that would be a great deal for the Gunners. As I have said on a number of occasions, Ireland is too good to be sitting on the bench every weekend and I for one don’t blame him for wanting to leave City.

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