After watching Paraguay shock Brazil last night, the Copa America has now been reduced to only four teams with Chile, Peru, Argentina and Paraguay set to battle among themselves to take home South America’s biggest crown. Argentina are clearly the favorites to win the competition but Chile has been the most exciting side to watch throughout the tournament. After beginning the campaign with a 2-1 win over Ecuador, the Chileans were held to a draw by Mexico before demolishing Bolivia to advance to the knockout stages. Their quarterfinal victory over Uruguay was hard-fought, even though it was marred by the controversy sparked by Gonzalo Jara.
That brings us to today’s discussion.
Many of you might not know Hernan Feler, but he was the same guy that reported on radio that Alexis Sanchez was on his way to Arsenal. You know how these pundits ‘claim’ to have inside sources that feed them in-house information of the dealings going on in most football clubs and stuff like this. While I’d decide to take this bit of info with a pinch of salt till I see if on the official website of course, the prospect of having a player like Arturo Vidal at Arsenal is downright mouthwatering.
The lad began his career at Colo Colo where he won three titles with them before taking the big step many South Americans do by going to Europe. His destination was the industrial city of Leverkusen and he spent four years with the German outfit, gaining widespread recognition for his top-notch performances with the club so it was only a matter of time before the predators of Europe came sniffing around and after 117 league appearances for Leverkusen, Vidal completed a €10.5 million move to Juventus.
It was in Juventus that Vidal has blossomed into a complete midfielder and in his four seasons at the club, the Old Lady has won the Scudetto four times consecutively. He has also won two Italian Super Cups as well as last season’s Coppa Italia. Vidal was part of the Juventus team that came close to winning an unprecedented treble but they were thwarted by a rampant Barcelona side.
At Juventus, Vidal is known as Il Guerriero (“The Warrior”) and Rey Arturo (“King Arthur”) due to his tenacious, combative and aggressive style of play. The Chilean workhorse is also a very good tackler of the ball and his ability to read the game effectively is shown in the way he anticipates the ball. While thriving well as a holding midfielder, Vidal can play the box to box role effectively and while in this role, his eye for goal is somewhat sharpened which is evident from the 35 league goals he has scored for Juventus. Due to his good composure, Vidal is also Juve’s number one penalty taker and his record from the spot is exemplary.
According to Hernan Feler, Arturo Vidal is coming to Arsenal. Apparently, he has always been keeping in touch with the Gunners since 2011 and he also knew about the Alexis deal before it happened but he chose not to talk about it till it became official. It has also been reported that Sanchez has played in a role in convincing Vidal that Arsenal is the place to be, just like how reports surfaced that Tomas Rosicky said a thing or two to Petr Cech before he declared his interest in joining Arsenal.
We will monitor the situation closely and see how things pan out, even though I don’t intend to raise my hopes on this just yet.
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