With the news that Manchester United are lighting up the transfer window with just over a week to go, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has had his say on the ongoing transfer. The latest news out of the Premier League is that Juan Mata’s £40 million move from Chelsea to Manchester United looks very likely to go ahead with the Spaniard set to have his medical tonight.
However whilst Arsenal seemingly sit back and do nothing, Wenger made it very clear that he cannot quite believe the news regarding the transfer. Wenger told the media in his press conference prior to tomorrow’s FA Cup game against Coventry City:
He said, “I’m surprised Mata is allowed to go because he is a great player. And Chelsea are strengthening a direct opponent. It opens up transfer market, Chelsea don’t play United again. They could have sold Mata two weeks ago.”
Wenger seems a little frustrated at the news and so be it because I’m sure he still regrets the way Chelsea initially signed the Spaniard from right under our noses in the first place just over three years ago. He was meant to be signing for Arsenal with the fee all in place and agreed with then current club Valencia, but Chelsea swooped in with a last minute offer to take the playmaker to Stamford Bridge rather than the Emirates.
The move marks a big money transfer similar to the fiasco that happened on deadline day of the last window. Mesut Ozil made a deadline day move of his own from Real Madrid to Arsenal in a deal worth over £40 million. Many believe that Mata will rival our German, however I think there is little to worry about because at the end of the day despite Mata being a top player, I think even from an unbiased point of view a fan would still probably want the assist king Mesut Ozil on their team than benchwarmer Juan Mata.
Have Arsenal missed the boat on Mata if Mourinho was willing to sell, or is it like Wenger said a more tactical move from the Blues having seen United as no threat to the title this season, as well as the fact Mata can help take points off other top teams with United. Would you have liked Mata at Arsenal considering there is no doubt Wenger held an interest in him? There were rumours over the course of the season that Wenger was considering making a move for the Spain international, however for the price that he was, as well as the fact we already have enough midfielders, I think Wenger should put this one to bed and focus on beating Mata’s side when he comes to face the Arsenal!
After all, he sold RvP, Nasri, Clichy, Cole and more to Premier League rivals himself didn’t he?