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Why Arsene Wenger should cough up the money for Vidal

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Tied at 1-1 with FC Copenhagen and with Galatasaray scoring a shock equaliser in their game against Real Madrid, it looked like Juventus were all but eliminated from their Champions League group.

However, two goals in two minutes from Arturo Vidal, the player they call "The Warrior" in Italy, gave the Serie 'A' champions their first European victory of the campaign, moving them up to second in Group B.

After looking at his die-hard performance for the Turin outfit last night, it can be argued that Vidal single handedly guided Juventus to their first victory in Europe for almost an entire year, on a night when the main stars such as Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente failed to deliver.

Many football fans would argue that the heart of the current Juventus team is Pirlo, but it can be said that Vidal is the brain of the side, and in almost any given situation can turn the Old Lady from a very average team to a side which could match the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona for both flare, creativity and potent offensive play.

During his time with the 29-time Italian champions, the Chile international has gone on to score 32 goals and provide 20 assists in 89 appearances for the club, who have dominated Italian football in the past two years by winning back to back Serie A titles and two Suppercoppa Italia honours.

His recent blistering form coupled with the fact that he is unsure about signing another contract with Juventus could mean that Vidal is on the way to another club.

The world is Vidal's oyster and I am extremely confident that he could walk into any club which takes his fancy, including Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Arsenal.

Yes for those who are wondering, Arsenal are not only deservedly four points clear of the Premier League with an ambition to win their first title in ten years, but would match both Vidal's playing style and his intentions.

Arsene Wenger has built a side based on a combination of youth and experience which is destined for both domestic and European success. 

The current Arsenal side have players in their ranks such as Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey who ooze both skill and flare, as well as stars such as Oliver Giroud and Santi Carzola who work harder than an Arctic Sea Ice-breaker.

Although, they are still missing one piece in the jigsaw. A player who would not be too dissimilar to Patrick Vieira - who captained the Arsenal Invincibles to league success in 2004 - when it comes to aggression, skill, and sheer determination. 

You could ask any Arsenal fan what type of player they are missing, and who they would like to see at the club, and they would probably say a big name striker such as Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.

Like many football fans I would agree that Arsenal are still a few attacking players short of scoring the goals needed to win the big games, but with the return of Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott from injury, I think they are more in need of characters with winning personalities like Vidal himself.

The 26-year-old would be available for a fee of around £30 million, not bad for a box-to-box player who could be the answer between a title winning Arsenal side and a Gunners side continuously falling short of their potential.

However, it still remains to be seen if Wenger will indeed dip his hand into his pocket in January after the £42.5 million club record signing of Ozil on transfer deadline day, and with a host of other big name clubs monitoring Vidal's situation, he could be just another Arsenal target who gets away. 

 

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