Arsenal Transfer Prospects: Could £18 Million Juan Mata Be Wenger's Saviour?

Callum D'SouzaSenior Writer IJune 27, 2011

VIBORG, DENMARK - JUNE 22:  Juan Mata (L) of Spain feeds a pass as Pavel Nekhaychik (R) challenges during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-final match between Belarus and Spain at the Viborg Stadium on June 22, 2011 in Viborg, Denmark.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger was destined to secure a surprise yet high-calibre signing. The Arsenal manager was also destined to alleviate his routine intelligent spending theory after the Gunners' dismal conclusion to 2010/2011 ensured a sixth successive season without silverware.

The need for success has greatly intensified for the North London giants ensuring Wenger vowing to implement changes into his youthful squad. The Arsenal board has granted the Frenchman with an increased transfer budget with definite departures also set to increase spending money.

However, nothing promising or positive was emerging from numerous rumours with the main focus on the disgruntled Samir Nasri and captain Cesc Fabregas. But it appears the Arsenal manager may have taken his first step into greatly strengthening his side's title credentials for 2010/2011.

According to the Daily Mail, Wenger has made an £18 million bid for highly rated Valencia winger Juan Mata. With either Samir Nasri or Cesc Fabregas destined to depart, the Gunners' attack is set to lose a considerable amount of solidity and calibre. Of course, it will still possess immense speed and flow but there is a need for a new, quality attacking presence.

Mata can provide just that. The 23-year-old is a fast, efficient attacker who devastates defences with his immense combination of speed, strength and composure. Wenger is breaking a club record should the transfer transpire. The Spaniard will overtake Andrei Arshavin's 2009 £15 million transfer from Russian giants Zenit Saint Petersburg as the most expensive Arsenal signing.

The Gunners have a tendency to lack an efficiency in attack. So often last season, world football witnessed performances where Wenger's men were able to boss and boast possession but failed to provide the final conquer, whether it came from the wing or through the middle.

With Mata able to cover both positions alongside providing a lethal cross and a genuine impact in front of goal, the Spain international, who helped win the 2010 World Cup, is an effective signing for the Gunners.

Mata secured 41 appearances and nine goals for Valencia during 2010/2011 but previous seasons had commanded 14 goals respectively. An experienced presence at both UEFA Champions League and international level, the former Real Madrid youth could be a saviour at the Emirates.

However, Wenger sill requires a quality centre half to eradicate the ongoing defensive woes, particularly aerially, whilst there is also a high demand and desire for a powerful, tenacious midfielder. Nonetheless, this is a positive step for Arsenal and it is believed Juan Mata is tempted by a potential switch to North London.