Scouting Report on an Arsenal Target: Juan Mata

Omar AlmasriCorrespondent IIAugust 17, 2011

Juan Mata

Age: 23

Nation: Spain

Club: Valencia

Height: 170 cm

Appearances with Valencia/goals: 176/46



Creativity: 7.0

Dribbling: 7.5

Pace: 7.0

Work-Rate: 7.5

Shooting: 7.0

Reliability: 8.0

Passing: 7.5

Crossing: 7.0

Tackling: 5.5

Juan Mata is a Spanish international who recently won the U-21 European Championship and is a key player for his club, Valencia. Mata has made around 176 appearances with Valencia, scoring 46 goals in four seasons with the club, after joining them from Real Madrid.

Mata is a player known for his hardworking style, is a gifted and excellent dribbler, quick, clever, versatile and also quite creative. He also has an excellent left foot and a good eye for the goal.

Here’s what I think the formation will look like if he plays in Nasri’s position, which is the most likely:




                     Koscielny/new CB  Vermaelen

Sagna                                                     Gibbs/Traore

                             Song          Wilshere


Gervinho/Arsh/Walcott  Ramsey/Rosicky/new CM  Mata


                                      Van Persie


Juan Mata, if he does sign, will be a great addition. Not only because of his skillful style of play and creativity, but also because of his hardworking nature. He’s a player that runs his socks off for the team and will give his all.

He’s an excellent player that is improving year by year. He would fit into Arsenal’s style of play and can become a fan-favorite.

Juan Mata is reportedly valued by Valencia at 30 million pounds, but it is speculated that a fee of around 22-25 million pounds will be enough to acquire him.

I really hope the Gunners do, he’ll be a great signing.


Cheers and take care,


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