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Daniel Agger should not move to Arsenal this summer

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Agger could leave Liverpool soon
Agger could leave Liverpool soon.

Daniel Agger has inadvertently found himself as the subject of one of this summer's more puzzling transfer rumours this week.

With huge question marks continuing to linger concerning his immediate future at Liverpool, the 29-year-old was linked with a surprise switch to Arsenal yesterday, with reports suggesting that Arsene Wenger was seeking to beat Danish Superliga outfit Brondby to his signature in the coming weeks.

Such intriguing speculation even suggested that Arsenal view Agger as a suitable replacement for Thomas Vermaelen, the club's captain who continues to be mentioned in conjunction with a possible move to either Spanish giants Barcelona or hated Premier League rivals Manchester United with his contract set to expire next year.

No sense

At first glance, this potential move - while it may just be another piece of idle media gossip - appears to make no sense whatsoever for the player.

While Arsenal should and almost certainly will enter the market in the search for further defensive reinforcements in the likely event that Thomas Vermaelen does depart the Emirates Stadium in the near future, Agger would likely be used as cover for Wenger's tried and trusted central defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

That may be perfectly fine for some players, of course, yet Agger - who featured in 20 Premier League games under Brendan Rodgers over the course of Liverpool's exciting 2013/14 campaign - already appears thoroughly disillusioned at Anfield due to a lack of regular first-team opportunities.

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Agger unhappiness

Agger has spoken on more than one occasion in recent months about his unhappiness about how things transpired for him on a personal level last season and how he is unsure if he will remain on Merseyside as a result. 

If Agger were to move to Arsenal, he would simply be swapping one frustrating situation for another.

Of course it is impossible to foresee what could develop in terms of injuries and the like, but as it stands it seems unlikely that he would be able to dislodge either member of that solid Mertesacker-Koscielny axis unless one of them were to suffer from a dramatic loss of form.

To complete such a switch would be slightly hypocritical in a sense and would arguably not offer Agger any greater chance of winning further silverware.

That is not to say that £12 million-rated Agger should not move on prior to September's deadline, if he really feels that is in his best interests.

While it is perhaps too early to complete a return to former club Brondby,  the likes of Arsenal and Barcelona - particularly if the latter do go on to sign Vermaelen - should also be avoided if his number one priority is to secure a regular starting berth.

Arsenal fans, would you be keen for your club to sign Agger? Do you think he would able to force himself into the first-team setup under Wenger? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box provided below.

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