Several news outlets in the UK and Italy are claiming that Arturo Vidal to Arsenal is already a done deal . Bookmakers have shortened the odds on the 28-year-old Chilean Midfielder joining Arsenal amid reports that an announcement is imminent after the conclusion of Copa America , where Vidal will represent his nation in the final this Saturday.
Renowned football expert and journalist Hernan Feler has now claimed that Vidal has wll sign a five-year contract with the Gunners after Arsenal and Juventus agreed a £21 million fee for his transfer. The news has sent shockwaves through the football landscape as Feler , who is a DirecTV journalist , has garnered a reputation as a reliable source , having been the first one to reveal Arsenal’s interest in Vidal’s compatriot Alexis Sanchez.
The news will prove a welcome respite for Gunners fans who have been trying to get over the loss to Manchester United in the race for the signature of Morgan Schneiderlin. More importantly , it will lay down a marker to the entire Premier League that Arsenal are truly gunning for the title next season. The days when rivals like United and City used to swoop down on their players and tempt them away are a thing of the past. This new incarnation of Arsene Wenger and Arsenal has acquired a great habit of signing superstars rather than selling them.
Wenger may never have defeated Mourinho on the field , but the signing of Petr Cech nevertheless represents a huge psychological victory for the Frenchman over his Portuguese counterpart . Arsenal will probably go into the season with the strongest team that they have had in years , especially if they pull off the signings of rumoured targets Benzema and Garay.
A complete midfielder , Vidal is a notch above all the other options Wenger has in his position , and may very well prove to be the missing piece of the jigsaw which Wenger has assembled at his disposal for one final shot at Premier League glory.
Vidal’s arrival multiplies the belief that was surging through every Gunner last season after they collected their second consecutive FA Cup trophy. A born winner , the Chilean has collected four consecutive Scudetti with Juventus and Wenger will be hoping his winning mentality rubs off on some of his colleagues. Wenger and Arsenal finally seem to have turned a corner at long last.
After the statements of intent sent out by the signings of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the last two summers , Vidal’s arrival sounds more like a challenge to their rivals that this is finally a team that believes in itself under a manager who will no stone unturned in his quest for one last hurrah with the club to whom he has dedicated two decades of his life.
Next year might just turn out to be Arsenal’s year.
In Arsene we trust….