Lescott would welcome RvP bid

Lescott would be happy to see Gunners’ hitman at Etihad Stadium

Joleon Lescott admits he would love Manchester City to try and

prise striker Robin van Persie away from title rivals Arsenal. The

Blues defender would be happy if City used their financial powers

to buy the Dutch ace, who has just 18 months left on his contract

at the Emirates. With talks over a new Gunners deal for the

28-year-old on hold until later in the season, Lescott insists a

player like Van Persie would only add to the quality already at the

Etihad Stadium. Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and

Samir Nasri have swapped Arsenal for Manchester in recent years and

Arsene Wenger will be desperate not to let Van Persie leave North

London. But Lescott would welcome the forward, who is in line to

break Alan Shearer’s record for most Premier League goals in a

calendar year. Best The England defender told The Sun: “I wouldn’t

swap him for any of our strikers – but I’d take him as well. “We’d

welcome any great players here and he is one. He’s the man for

Arsenal at the moment and he’s obviously their main goal threat.

“He’s right up there with the best strikers around. As a forward

you get judged on goals so at the moment he’s the best in the

league. “He can score all sorts of goals, with either foot. His

work-rate for the team is great as well.”