If you ever get a chance to play poker with the Arsenal manager, make sure that you have got plenty of cash and can afford to lose it. Or that is what you would expect from Arsene Wenger after what his old adversary Sir Alex Ferguson said about the prof when the transfer of Robin van Persie from the Gunners to Man United was done.
So we know that Wenger likes to give nothing away about his transfer plans and even though he did mention the name of Arturo Vidal at the end of the season, his words in a Daily Star report do not give us any help in figuring out whether the Frenchman would like to sign the Chilean midfielder or not. In fact they just muddied the waters.
Wenger said, “”If you want me to say I like Arturo Vidal, yes I like Arturo Vidal.
“Are we in a transfer mode? I say, no.”
The report also reveals that Vidal´s agent has now denied any contact with Arsenal over his client´s playing future and after the Arsenal transfer rumours changed from being 90 percent certain that he would be joining Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates to being 90 percent sure that he wouldn´t, this seems to be a nail in the coffin of any potential deal. But is it really?
Just because we have not opened talks yet does not mean that we won´t do so in the near future. The transfer window has only just opened for one thing and Vidal is still involved in the Copa America tournament. For a player with recent injury problems, perhaps Wenger wants to see if he comes through unscathed or perhaps he is using the Chile games to make his mind up whether to bring him to north London.
Maybe he really has lost interest or never had it in the first place, but my point is that we simply do not know and should not write the rumours off just yet.