Saturday, July 30, 2011

Will the Purchase of Jagielka and Mata Bring Title to Emirates?

Arsène Wenger intends to ease the transfer window frustration of Arsenal supporters with successful moves for the Everton defender Phil Jagielka and the Valencia winger Juan Mata.

The manager has waged a battle throughout the summer to retain his captain, Cesc Fábregas, and the midfielder Samir Nasri, and it has felt, even to a section of the club’s board, that he has done so to the detriment of seeking new signings.

Fábregas looks certain to get his long-touted switch to Barcelona – Wenger wants the issue resolved in the coming days – while Nasri is likely to be held to the terms of his contract, which has 12 months to run. He could then depart on a highly lucrative Bosman free transfer.

The arrivals of Jagielka and Mata, together with the short-term retention of Nasri, would go some way to answering the critics. Wenger has already seen one bid for Jagielka, of around £12m, rejected by Everton but he is preparing a renewed offer that he hopes will force the Merseysiders’ hand.

Mata would not be a like-for-like replacement for Fábregas. The 23-year-old tends to play on the left, although he could play in a central position. He has emerged as one of Europe’s most coveted young players after his starring role for Spain’s Under-21s in their triumphant European Championship campaign last month. He was also a part of the victorious senior squad at the World Cup finals last summer.

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