Arsenal FC Reportedly Bid Record £18 Million for Spanish Wing-Wizard Juan Mata

Robin SAnalyst IJune 27, 2011

ARHUS, DENMARK - JUNE 25:  Juan Mata  of Spain receives the bronze boot after the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final match between Spain and Switzerland at the Arhus Stadium on June 25, 2011 in Arhus, Denmark.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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The Daily Mail claims that Arsene Wenger is ready to sign Valencia winger Juan Mata for a club record fee of £18 million.

With Cesc Fabregas' future at Arsenal looking uncertain, Wenger feels Mata could ease the blow of the prospective departure of the club captain.

The reported bid for Mata is simply not the Wenger way of acquiring players, but having gone trophly-less for six seasons, Wenger is under immense pressure to appease the disgruntled fans and prove that he still has what it takes to win silverware.

One thing that can be inferred from the recent speculations is that Wenger is increasingly frustrated with Andrei Arshavin.

The latest approach for Mata, too, suggests that, as the Spaniard excels on the left flank and his arrival would in all likelihood pull the curtains down on the stuttering Arsenal career of Arshavin limiting him to substitute appearances which may lead to his exit from the Emirates Stadium.

Mata is the type of player Arsenal should be targeting this summer to end their miserable spell of six trophy-less seasons.

Liverpool are also reported to be keen on taking the Valencia wide man to England.

Now it seems Arsenal have played the opening gambit and looks in pole position to beat Liverpool.


Valencia will be compelled to sell Mata at the right price due to their mounting debts and a fee in the region of £20 million might very well be enough to secure the services of the talented youngster.

Mata may only be 23 but is already an experienced International.

He was part of the 2010 World Cup-winning squad, though only played a cameo appearance against Honduras in the group stages.

More recently, Mata impressed in the victorious Spain U21 team. He was the best player for Valencia in the La Liga in 2010-11 season, amassing eight goals and 12 assists en route to leading Valencia to a third place.

Predominantly a left sided player, Mata is also capable of playing through the middle. He's one of the most intelligent players around and is the king of assists.

His close control, ability to spot killer passes and finishing could be the qualities that persuaded Wenger to launch a record-breaking move.

Being a winger, he also has blistering pace, and is one of the best left sided players in world football without a shadow of doubt.

Mata is only going to improve, and even if it means Arsenal paying £20m, it would be worth every penny.

This one addition alone will improve Arsenal's attack substantially, as the flair, creativity, speed and intelligence of Mata is too much to deal with for any defence.

Not a player that needs any introduction, Mata's introduction to the English football as an Arsenal player could introduce a new chapter to the current Arsenal players—the silverware chapter.

In conclusion, I leave you with Mata's thoughts on Arsenal, told to FourFourTwo in June 2010: "I admire Arsenal and the philosophy that the young players have," he said.

Is there anybody who would oppose this move?