Ibra missed a penalty against Manchester City
Ibra missed a penalty against Manchester City

Arsenal legend Martin Keown was not at all impressed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s display against Manchester City.

Ibrahimovic despite scoring one, failed to convert a penalty as Paris St-Germain were eventually held to a 2-2 draw in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday.

According to several reports over the past few months, the Swedish superstar seems all set to leave the French capital when his current contract runs out in the summer.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and unexpectedly West Ham – all are all understood to be interested in bringing him to Premier League.

And if last Wednesday’s performance was a Premier League audition for the 34-year-old striker, Keown was not convinced by his display.

“I wasn’t that impressed, to be honest,” said the former Arsenal defender.

“He didn’t seem to have the same desire and aggression as when he played Chelsea, and I suppose it’s not so surprising given how easy it is for PSG in the league at the moment.

“I didn’t think his penalty was as bad as people were saying, though. I thought he placed it well and hit it hard, but Joe Hart had obviously done his homework and players tend to stick with their preferred spot when taking spot kicks in these big games.

Interestingly, Ibrahimovic has already confirmed he has several offers from Premier League clubs and believes big things to happen this summer. Back in February he even declared to be ‘in shape’ for the Premier League challenge.

Last month there were several reports which claimed the 34-year-old Swedish striker is one of United’s priority targets as the Red Devils are ready to offer a two-year contract worth £24m.

The highly rated striker has long been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford particularly if Jose Mourinho is appointed as the next manager because the pair has always been very close.

Ironically Ibrahimovic, who has kissed silverwares in four different European leagues, has never played in England but has frequently hinted his next stop could be the Premier League.

The Swedish striker has netted 35 goals in 40 games for PSG so far this season, helping the French champions win the Ligue 1 title for the fourth successive year.

Despite his blistering  form in front of goal, Ibrahimovic also made it clear that there were no such ongoing talks with PSG about a contract extension.


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