… and I’m not talking about the ex-Chelsea man.
Arsenal have so far had a fantastic summer. The signings of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and hopefully soon, David Ospina, will really improve our current squad, and hopefully will allow us to build on last season. The squad will be anxious to ensure that we improve on last seasons fourth place finish and hopefully gain another trophy for the cabinet.
However, in order to cement the squad together we need to address one key issue. That is the role of defensive midfielder. It cannot be said that Wenger has not tried to address this issue, as we have allegedly been linked with a whole host of names, including Morgan Schneiderlin, Sami Khedira, Lars Bender and Javi Martinez. Schneiderlin is believed to be off to Spurs, wages have been a stumbling block with Khedira, and Bender recently signed a new contract. We also haven’t heard a lot about Martinez recently, so as you can see, our options are becoming more and more limited the longer we wait to address this issue.
My fellow writer has recently reported that Arsenal have expressed an interest in Sporting Clube de Portugal’s central midfielder William Carvalho, and it’s easy to understand why – just watch this video. By the end of the eight or so minutes, you will be convinced. At the rumoured price of £23 million pounds, he would be the third most expensive signing in the history of Arsenal, but it would most certainly be worth it.
Born in Angola in 1992, he moved to Portugal when he was just a few years old and is considered the next great talent to be produced by the Sporting CP academy. This is a huge honour when you think that this is the academy that have produced some Portuguese legends such as Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, and more recently the likes of Joao Moutinho.
He is 22 and already an international player for his country, currently having six caps for his national team. Standing at just over six foot tall, he is a towering presence in the centre of the park being calm in possession as well as tough in the tackle. He is capable of the athletic bursts up the pitch much like former captain and Gunners legend Patrick Vieira.
However most people would agree that Vieira’s best position was in that box to box role, and that is where Carvalho differs from the Frenchman. Carvalho is best suited to playing at the base of a midfield three, surrounded by a box to box midfielder (eg Ramsey, Wilshere or Diaby) and an out and out play maker (eg Ozil, Cazorla or Rosicky).
He has a reputation in Portugal for creating chances from deeper positions and often sending his team on the counter attack with a swift and insightful through ball, no doubt due to him previously playing in the number ten role. Despite this, he is now extremely effective in his deeper role, covering large areas of pitch to intercept passes from opposition midfielders, and dispossessing their forwards of the ball.
So Gooners far and wide, how would you feel if after all these rumours of Khedira, Bender and the like, we ended up with William Carvalho? I for one would. Post your thoughts and opinions below – lets try to stir up some debate!