Arsene Wenger's recent declaration of love for Nani came as a bit of a surprise. But does it really mean anything? Does Wenger love the Portuguese winger that much that he's prepared to bring him to north London?
Well, that remains to be seen, but surely the Gunners chief would stand a chance in bringing the Manchester United outcast to the Emirates. After all, Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal was more than happy to offload Danny Welbeck to his rival manager last summer.
Man United future?
Nani - much like Welbeck was - doesn't appear to be in the Dutchman's plans. After all, Van Gaal handed the winger permission to join Sporting on a temporary basis. And, at 28-years of age, Nani isn't getting any younger, so his long term Old Trafford career is surely in doubt.
There's a chance, then, that United chiefs will look to move Nani on for good at the end of the season. And, there will surely be a number of clubs interested in his services.
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It's certainly not surprising that Wenger likes him; after all, Nani saved some of his best performances in the red shirt of United for fixtures against Arsenal. He seemed to come alive against Wenger's men.
And there's no doubt about it, Nani, to an extent, does suit the Arsenal style of play. He's quick, powerful and has the ability to both create and score goals.
He's similar to a number of Arsenal players too: the likes of Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez can all be put in a similar category to Nani. But, ultimately, that could be a problem.
That may well be the reason why Wenger doesn't move for the wing wizard. The quartet mentioned are in fact all younger than Nani. And arguably they are already as good as Nani - if not better.
Unfortunately for Nani, he's far too inconsistent; he's not a player Arsenal should be willing to spend millions on. There's certainly no harm in Wenger liking - or even loving - him, but surely Wenger will stick to what he's got in north London.
Instead of looking elsewhere, Wenger should look to make the likes of Welbeck, Walcott and Co. stars before they take a similar path to Nani. Wenger's got enough to deal with already; he doesn't need another player dipping in and out of form. He needs to bring Walcott and Co. to life sooner rather than later.
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