Arsenal transfer target Angel Di Maria has stated that he wishes to remain at Real Madrid amid speculation saying the Spanish giants are willing to let him leave to recoup some of the funds to be expended on Gareth Bale.
Recently the Gunners have been linked with three of Real Madrid’s players being Mesut Ozil, Karim Benzema and Di Maria. Out of three, however, it is fair to say Di Maria would be the player with the most realistic chance of leaving.
The Argentine winger is quoted as saying by Sky Sport News:
I understand that the club is strengthening and they are precise in what they do.
But I signed up to 2018 just a year ago and my desire is to stay in the Bernabeu.
There has been so many potential signings that have reported to have been on the verge of completion this transfer window it is hard to digest what reported speculation is actually genuine.
In this case however, with a direct quote from the player it certainly gives some indication that acquiring Di Maria will be a tough task for the Gunners. It only gets bleaker when you throw into the mix Daniel Levy stalling the completion of Bale’s transfer to Madrid.
While initially the winger position was never really an area to strengthen for Arsenal, the recent injuries to Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski have left us awfully short of any kind of class wingers, particularly with Gervinho gone and both Gnabry and Miyaichi still considered raw talents.
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Addtionally, this also means we are forced to utilise Cazorla on the flank when he easily operates much more effectively through the middle.
Taking all this into consideration, I feel that acquiring Di Maria would be a smart move. He would easily be considered a quality addition and would inject some much needed penetration out wide. Whether the move actually eventuates is another story however.
Frustratingly, Arsenal now only have a few days left in the transfer window to strengthen the squad. Management certainly have a lot to do to appease Arsenal fans with many of us optimists realising that nothing may change in a transfer window that promised so much.
What do you guys think? Would Di Maria be a smart acquisition? Feel free to leave a comment below.