Much has been speculated regarding the future of Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria following the £86m arrival of Gareth Bale from Spurs last summer.
During the last January transfer window there was even more debate whether Di Maria would decide that it was then the right time to move on.
However, the Argentine declared that he didn’t want to leave, which strongly hinted that he was unsettled at the Bernabeu and wanted to stay and fight for his place. This raises the question to how much further can he get when you have the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale in front of you?
There is no doubt that Di Maria is an incredibly talented player but he is up against the best player in the world right now in Ronaldo and the next best in the world in the shape of Bale. After all, the Welshman isn’t the most expensive player in history for nothing.
This being said, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has most certainly not disregarded Di Maria from his plans this season but has decided to alter his role by adopting him into a more central attacking position alongside Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric. And although the outcome of this has been a resounding success, the transfer rumors persist.
This summer, with the World Cup being the perfect showcase event, it could also be the perfect time for Di Maria to look for a new challenge, in particular the Premier League. Surprisingly, Arsenal have been the only club that have been strongly linked with the 26-year-old since Bale arrived in Madrid, and he could well be the man to drive the Gunners towards the title next season.
The negative and positive aspects of Mesut Ozil’s impact at the Emirates this season may hinder the thoughts of the fans, and indeed Arsene Wenger himself, to decide whether spending the big money on a player again will be a success or not. Saying this, the influence of Ozil could well persuade his former team mate to join him.
Regardless of this, it would be a crying shame for Arsenal not to do everything in their power to bring Di Maria to north London and force the other top teams and Pundits, to take Wenger’s men as serious threats, not only for the Premier League, but for the Champions League too.
Arsenal are in no way short of versatile attacking options in their midfield. Wenger’s current options of Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla are either at their peak or heading just past it.
Nevertheless, Di Maria’s quality outweighs this current crop and the statistics prove that. The 26-year-old is now hitting the prime of his career. He has been impetuous this season and his quality has shone through, especially in La Liga where he has tallied up 16 assists. That’s more than any other player in the top five leagues in Europe.
Di Maria is no doubt expected to impress in Brazil this summer with Argentina being among the favorites to win the World Cup, which bring his class to the attention of other big clubs.
However, if Arsenal are to win the FA Cup on Saturday to coincide with Champions
League football next season, they will be showing the ambition and promise that has evaded them for a while.
This could be the perfect time for Wenger to and the board to dig a bit deeper into their pockets and at the same time, show tremendous intent to the rest of Europe.
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