While some Arsenal fans might not be interested in seeing Juan Mata move from Old Trafford to the Emirates, the deal could be more than beneficial for the current squad, especially under the guidance of Unai Emery.
Mata is out of contract at Manchester United at the end of the season and there had been no indication if the club is planning on offering him an extension. But should the Spaniard be packing his bags come May next year, then North London could be the perfect destination for him.
Having worked with Emery before when they were both still at Valencia, Mata is the ideal squad-player to have for Arsenal. Having had numerous successful seasons in the Premier League, especially back in his Chelsea days, the 30-year-old will add much needed experience and commitment to a squad that Emery is trying to transform into a competitive force again.
Danny Welbeck’s injury last week and the reaction to that injury, shows how important squad-players are to this Arsenal setup, especially to some of the younger players that Emery have just brought in. Mata would be able to offer a lot of guidance to those players and to some of the older players in the squad that could lead to a competitive edge, especially against bigger clubs that the Gunners have struggled against in the past.
Mata’s tactical ability and creative style of play would also fit in with the way Arsenal are currently playing and the style Emery tends to follow. Free-flowing and quick passing has been a natural type of game for the midfielder, while his decision making is also second to none.
Last week’s spectacular free-kick for United against Juventus in the Champions League showed just why he can’t be considered a too old or over the wall type of player, yet.
For Emery, he could use Mata to enforce his style of playing even more on the Arsenal players due to the understanding that would exist between the two. The player’s qualities will almost automatically add a leadership type of figure in the squad that could lift Arsenal to a level where they might compete for the Premier League and maybe a European trophy.
Indeed, it could be yet another hilarious transfer mistake by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Let’s all laugh.
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