Three reasons why Arturo Vidal would suit Arsenal’s style
Three reasons why Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal would suit Arsenal's style
Combative style is a requirement for the Gunners
Often maligned for their lack of steel and bite, particularly in the middle of the park, Arsenal have more than their fair share of detractors whenever the chips are down. Easy on the eye when in fine fettle, they have the capacity to hypnotize opponents and pass the ball at will to earn their respect. But much like when they fell to a massively frightening 6-0 defeat by Chelsea in the Premier League last season, their defensive weaknesses can sometimes far outweigh their offensive strengths. And drafting in a player who does the grafting so well and effortlessly like Arturo Vidal would certainly help shore up some of those frailties. Well-known for his capacity to put in a good shift to give others on his team the opportunity to shine, his unselfish style of play and combative approach would certainly lend itself to Arsenal’s crafty playmakers. Ideally, a player of his attributes would slot in nicely to the foundations that have already been lain down. And although it seems as though Manchester United have got their man, despite lingering concerns over his fitness, it’s hard not to wonder if the Serie A star might well be making the wrong choice – and it’s difficult not to imagine Gunners fans dreaming of some last-minute transfer intervention. After all, Louis van Gaal’s reign is a new one that sees him juggling the attempt to cull the dead weight while simultaneously bringing in players that suit his philosophy – it might take more work for Vidal to meld into life there than it would at the Emirates.
Vidal possesses necessary flair to fit in
Not simply a hard man that does the gritty stuff well, the 27-year-old Chilean can play a bit, too. As evidenced by his fantastic World Cup performances, his ball retention skills are an absolute joy to behold, while his desire to press high and push hard are equally admired. And with Arsene Wenger’s team living off the possession-based style of play many have come to know and love, Vidal’s natural skill and instinct to knock the ball about comfortably and quickly would work tremendously in the red and white of Arsenal. Having scored 11 goals in the Serie A last season as well as helping himself to five assists – just one shy of Andrea Pirlo’s six – his ability to influence the game on the scoreboard is also something that would benefit the north Londoners as well. Because, at the end of the day, although attractive football is something every calcio-lover likes to see, they also love goals and well-timed passes. The same can surely be said of Arsenal fans who are keen to see their side shrug of the unwanted moniker of a team that plays good football but rarely gets any reward.
His silverware spirit is much-needed
Winner of the Scudetto three years running, Vidal’s unrelenting hunger for success and trophies is as insatiable as they come. There’s no wonder so many transfer stories and rumours have been filtering through the news about the former Bayer Leverkusen player’s future; he’s a performer that a whole host of clubs would love to have, and one of the main reasons is his winners’ mentality. Looking at his comments about Chile’s chances during the World Cup, he was unapologetic in his viewpoint that they had a genuine chance of winning it. And despite the fact that they went out cruelly on penalties, there was little evidence to suggest they shouldn’t have at least reached the quarter-finals. And Vidal was central to their good play throughout as they beat the then reigning champions, Spain 2-0 and pushed hosts Brazil all the way. In truth, Arsenal could do with a player like Vidal. And even though it might seem like a fairytale swoop at this late stage, they’d be foolish to not, at the very least, scour for someone in his mould. They’re crying out for someone just like him.