Arsenal were interested in striking a summer deal for Juventus star Arturo Vidal, but pulled out of the running after the Chile international’s DUI incident, according to German reports.
Building on the increasing speculation suggesting that Vidal has now signed for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, Sport1 claims that the Gunners and Real Madrid were both ready to fight for Vidal before he crashed his Ferrari whilst drunk during the Copa America.
The midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League on and off for the past few years, but it would seem that the chances of him donning an Arsenal shirt have all but evaporated, which might not be a bad thing.
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Of all the English clubs it was the Gunners who were most frequently named in connection with a possible move for Vidal, but Wenger isn’t the type of manager to accept unruly behaviour off of the pitch, and it seems credible that he would have backed out of trying to land the Juventus star after hearing of his DUI rap.
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In any case it doesn’t appear to have affected Vidal’s career too much, with numerous reports stating Pep Guardiola has committed to what Wenger wouldn’t.
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If that’s true then the 28-year-old can count himself extremely lucky; not only has he gotten away relatively easily, but he’s also been signed by one of the few clubs in world football who can boast to being arguably bigger than Juventus.
It also makes sense that Bayern would approach Vidal, especially having allowed Bastian Schweinsteiger to leave for Manchester United at the back-end of last week.
The Germany international wasn’t a key player under Guardiola, but his is a void that still needs filling, and perhaps Vidal’s work-rate can do just that.
In any case Wenger will now be expected to continue his search for a defensive-midfield enforcer. The Frenchman was also thought to be looking into the prospect of buying Morgan Schneiderlin, but obviously United’s transfer efficiency proved his his undoing on that front.
Though Arsenal boast Francis Coquelin it’s a common theory that they need to add a player with a more experienced bite to the area in front of their defence. Vidal, DUI or no, would have provided exactly that, but it would appear Wenger’s morals won the day.
Arsenal fans, was Wenger right to snub the chance to land Vidal? Let us know in the comments box below.