Arsene Wenger’s comments about a player during his punditry work for French TV TF1 at a major tournament is always received with keen interest and those comments are interpreted most of the time as meaning that he intends to bring such a player to North London. If history be considered, he has gone down that route before, using a bit of irony to describe whether Andre Arshavin could cope with the rigours of the Premier League, yet, he ended up signing him 6 months later.
So it came as no surprise, following his comments on Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal, that many have interpreted it as meaning that he intends to bring the Juventus midfielder to the Emirates.
Speaking in Brazil, Wenger dwelled on the qualities of the Chilean thus:
“Vidal is one of the best midfielders in the world, He has everything. Incredible stamina, perfect timing. He’s a marathon athlete who plays football.”
Assuming Arsene Wenger’s comments are not just mere words and that the club is interested in signing the Chilean, what qualities is he expected to bring to Arsenal’s midfield.
The kind of player he is can be gleaned from the comments of Arsene Wenger. He is a box-to-box midfielder with great anticipation of arriving late in the box to chip in with some goals. He scored 11 goals in 32 Serie A appearances and in total he scored 18 goals from 46 appearances for the Turin club last season. With 5 assists in the league.
In the present Arsenal’s formation Aaron Ramsey is the first choice in the box-to-box midfield role, a position the Chilean is a specialist in. He can also play the quarter back role, which means he can be paired with Ramsey in the centre of Arsenal’s centre midfield. 39 of his appearances last season came in centre midfield, with just one on the attacking midfielder position. He possesses characteristics of playing through balls and being strong in the tackle. And being a player that is adept at playing the short passing game, he will fit in admirably into Arsenal’s midfield.
Despite his attacking qualities, he is known for being tenacious in tackling, and being a complete midfielder he can feature in both side of centre midfield. Having two box-to-box midfielders in Vidal and Ramsey, who both can attack and defend will add some much needed energy, drive, and verve to the club’s midfield.
Although, with a fee of 44 million pounds being mooted for the Chilean, it remains to be seen whether Arsene Wenger’s adulation are just mere words as a pundit or comments met to open the door for his arrival at North London.