Arsenal’s main objective this transfer window must be a young strong holding midfielder, and according to many pundits, the best of the more youthful ones available right now is Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho. Gareth Southgate took a classy experienced England U21 side to the World Cup, but Carvalho was the dominant player as Portugal outclassed the English in their opening game.
This must have been the final performance that convinced Arsene Wenger to bid a reported £28.5m bid for the Portugese international, who was actually born in Angola. Funnily enough Carvalho played for the senior team last week in a 3-2 win against Armenia but still wanted to go to this tournament with the Portugal U21 side. This was his reason as quoted on eufa.com: “I’ve played 52 matches this season but it could have been 100 and it wouldn’t make any difference,”
“You can never feel tired when you’re representing your country. I’m here with all my heart and soul.”
FIFTY-TWO matches! How many Arsenal players managed over 30? That makes him worth the reported £37m release clause on its own!
Another excellent reason for Wenger to go for him is the little-known fact that he is an Arsenal fan, and his hero when he was a youngster was our very own Thierry Henry. If you are unsure about his ability, let’s look at a quote from the supreme midfielder Thiago who played alongside Carvalho in a Portugal friendly against France last year. Thiago said: “He’s an amazing player with fantastic passing ability for such a strong holding midfielder.”
William himself made it clear where he wants to end up when he said in January: “My dream is to play in England,”
“I know some clubs are interested but my agent Jorge is looking after it and I am relaxed.”
So, he is brilliant, available, young, has already played 23 games for the Portugal senior side (and scored six goals!); We NEED a player in his position and he is an Arsenal fan and wants to play in the Premier League. Can anyone give me a reason why Wenger should not go all out to bring him to the Emirates?