Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick deserves the PFA Player of the Year award over Robin van Persie and could play for Barcelona, according to Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners boss was asked whom he would give award to, when he lauded the form of Carrick this season ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side on Sunday.
Manchester United signed Van Persie from Arsenal last summer and he is tipped to come away with the award in for a second season in a row.
However, Wenger felt Carrick was undervalued in England and even suggested his style and talent mean he would fit in perfectly at Barcelona.
“I would give it to Carrick. He could play in Barcelona as he would be perfectly suited to their game,” he is quoted as saying in The Sun.
“He has good vision and is an intelligent player and it is for what he has achieved in his career.”
Carrick is likely to be in the starting XI when Manchester United turn out against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in the Sunday late kick-off but Wenger will likely be worrying more about his former captain.
Van Persie is on course to win the Golden Boot again this season after a hat-trick against Aston Villa took his tally to 24 and clinched the title for Ferguson’s side.
A hostile reception will await him if he plays, despite Wenger’s request that the Gunners faithful respect their former star.