Chile international Charles Aranguiz has made his thoughts clear on a potential move to Arsenal, and it’s good news for Arsene Wenger.
As relayed by the Daily Mail Alexis Sanchez’s international teammate spoke after a friendly he played for Chile against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium - a match Chile lost 1-0 - and insisted that it would be a dream come true to make the switch to north London.
Aranguiz has been linked with a £5 million move to Wenger’s fold, with current club Internacional unlikely to put up much of a fight if that sum is offered. Now, rather than remain coy on the speculation. the midfielder has documented his intentions.
"They're a great team, and it would be a dream but for now that's all it is, a dream," Aranguiz said.
"I don't know anything about it. I've heard about it through the press but nobody has talked to me."
Another Chile introduction?
Gunners fans would naturally hope that were Wenger to move to Aranguiz negotiations with the player himself could be smoothed over by Sanchez, who only arrived from Barcelona last summer. The dynamic forward has impressed in north London and would have plenty of positives to speak of, and as a result he could be a crucial factor in the deal.
As Aranguiz confirmed there has been no formal approach made by Arsenal yet but that doesn’t mean that will be the case come the end of the season. The Gunners have at least three midfielders facing uncertain futures and until the situation has more clarity it has to be assumed that Wenger’s priority will be on improving his squad.
The trio of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Abou Diaby are the men who might well be saying goodbye to the Emirates Stadium in the summer, though all for different reasons.
It was reported earlier in the year that Wenger wants to retain Arteta’s services but that the Spaniard is open to a move if it guarantees him first-team opportunities, whilst Flamini could be flogged to make room for newcomers and Diaby might finally pay the ultimate price for his ongoing injury woes.
Though the latter can’t really be considered a first-team component due to his lack of action the former two certainly can, and if either of them leave there might be a void to fill. Aranguiz, who was impressive at last summer’s World Cup, appears to be the go-to option, and with his latest comments any trepidation Wenger had about approaching a deal has surely gone out the window.
Fans might understandably be wary over the prospect of a South American coming from the Brazilian league to try and conquer arguably the toughest division on the planet, and the 25-year-old would have plenty of sceptics to win over if his ‘dream’ becomes a reality.
Arsenal fans, would Wenger be right to make a move for Aranguiz this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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