Latest reports regarding Arsenal’s interest in Chelsea and Spanish midfielder Juan Mata have arisen today, with several media sites claiming that Mata would leave Stamford Bridge but he must hand in a transfer request if he wishes to move away from the club in the next two days.
Arsenal have had a long association with Juan Mata, having kept an eye on him for several years before finally making a move, only for London rivals Chelsea to swoop in and capture him from under our noses. He seemed keen on Arsenal before, although some state that he saw us as a smaller club than Chelsea, hence why he chose those in blue over us. However, with new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho coming in and making a clear statement that Juan Mata doesn’t fit his style of play, he is unlikely to get a lot of game time.
For this reason, Mata could want to get out the club before he faces a spell on the sidelines, but with Mourinho also making it clear Mata won’t be sold under the manager’s wish, then Mata may have to submit a transfer request if he intends to leave the club, according to the Mirror.
Mata was Chelsea’s best player last season and took on a massive role to fill the boots of Didier Drogba’s superiority. He was successful in this and turned into a world class player that would surely get into any other team in the world, except seemingly for Chelsea’s.
Rumours were heightened over Wenger’s interest in Mata, firstly when it was reported that his agent and father were at the Emirates Stadium to watch Arsenal vs Fenerbahce after receiving an invite to the game, whilst Wenger then had a cheeky smile and was very closed up but hinting when questioned about Mata at the end of the game.
If we manage to pull ofr the transfer of Juan Mata it will be a real coup and surely make up for the disappointment of the summer so far. Add possibly another two players to this one on deadline day and I’m sure Arsenal fans will forget this summer like it never happened.