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EPL: Massive risk – Danny Murphy warns Arsenal against signing England star

Former Liverpool star, Danny Murphy has warned Arsenal against signing Brentford’s Ivan Toney in January.

Murphy believes Mikel Arteta’s side should not be spending £80-odd million to sign the England striker, claiming it might be a ‘massive risk’.

Toney is an accomplished striker in the Premier League, with 32 goals in 68 games, with all of them coming for Brentford.

The 27-year-old scored 20 goals and registered four assists in 33 league games last season as Brentford finished ninth to narrowly miss out on European football.

However, Toney is currently suspended after the FA found him in breach of their 232 rules on betting.

Toney will be back to action next year and Arsenal are among a host of Premier League clubs reportedly interested in the attacker.

“Arsenal are a very intricate footballing side. He [Toney] has not played in that sort of team. They have a left-footer on the right and a right-footer on the left,” Murphy said on Five (via TBR).

“They play pretty patterns, they are not a crossing team. They don’t cross many.”

He added, “Possibly [he could adapt]. He would become the main guy, and [Gabriel] Jesus would have to fit in, but depending on the fee, even though I think he makes the squad stronger.”

“It would be a massive risk to spend £80/90m for him when he has only had one season in a team that is set up for him and ask him to become this wonderful, intricate footballer. I am not sure.”