Real Madrid’s Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria cut an unhappy face after he was subbed at the weekend. The former Benfica’s winger’s future has been the subject of much speculation this weekend, with it reported Real Madrid have accepted a 35 million offer from AS Monaco for his services.
The only person standing between the switch being ratified is manager Carlo Ancelotti, who may have cause to sanction it after the weekend. Di Maria has fallen out of favour of late, and was picked to start with the second string during the Copa del Rey game with third division Olimpic Xativa at the weekend.
The match finished in a disappointing 0-0 draw, but the headlines were dominated post-game by Di Maria’s outburst at his manager after being substituted. After aiming a couple of comments towards his manager he marched off down the tunnel, clearly unhappy at the decision.
“He headed straight for the dressing room, frowning and intent on showing his displeasure. Something that did not escape Ancelotti’s notice. Time will tell if this was the beginning of a disagreement or simply an outburst but the incident became the news of the night, besides the surprising goalless draw. This is likely the start of a Di Maria saga.”
Interesting developments certainly at the Bernabeu and it brings a sense of déjà vu reminiscent of the Ozil saga. Ancelotti had been adamant that he let Ozil go because he wasn’t willing to compete and also chose Di Maria because he felts he was better for the balance of the squad but the latest situation proves the contrary. It is obvious Madird’s big money summer signings must play and there will be scapegoats to bear the brunt. Ozil beared it before Arsenal rescued him from the ensuing misery, now it is the turn of Di Maria.
If Madrid has already accepted an offer from Monaco as is been speculated, then, it means he is for sale and certainly Arsenal can still pounce. It is not too late to make a push for the tricky winger. If he is to choose between Arsenal and Monaco, I doubt if he would opt for the French moneybags. The only thing he might gain with the move there is financial gains but a move to Arsenal will see him re-uniting with his former teammate Mesut Ozil and also play in a very competitive league. The Premier League is heads and shoulders above the French Ligue 1.
To this end, Wenger should make a move for him in the winter window. he would be a great plus for us on the wings with his pace which would be good for our counter attacking football and his pinpoint crosses will bring out the best in Giroud’s heading ability.