Arsenal missing out on Vidal could be a blessing in disguise….

Arturo Vidal is having a mixed Copa America tournament. In between turning up strong performances for Chile, Vidal also had a bad drink and drive accident. In between notching up man-of-the-match performances, he got the attentions of Arsene Wenger.

This is not to say that Wenger got interested in Vidal only at this year’s Copa America. Far away from that – Vidal is one of those players who were always of interest to Wenger. For that matter, Vidal interested Manchester United to an extent that they were close to bidding last season.

All that to one side as this transfer window saw rumours flying left right and center that Vidal is ready to join Arsenal. Putting the pros and cons aside, people started talking about his proximity to Alexis Sanchez and used it as a key pointer for the transfer.

Then, of course, there were discussions on where he would fit. Before all the euphoria reached a crescendo, unconfirmed reports put that the interest in Vidal can be considered dusted.

David Ornstein of the BBC tweeted that Arsenal are no longer interested in the Chilean midfielder. There was an equally emphatic endorsement of the non-interest from Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph.

Will this be a setback? Actually, to be very frank, this may be a blessing in disguise for the fans. Getting Vidal may be a statement in the mold of Petr Cech transfer. But, it will give an unwanted headache. The options in the middle of the park are good enough for Wenger to concentrate on other areas.

His long term injury concerns are also difficult to overlook. The Bender brothers Lars and Sven from Germany could be more realistic players in that perspective. Then of course is the long standing interest in William Carvalho.

The names could go on if we look at options of adding a solid defensive midfielder to Arsenal. But, one thing is for sure. The jury is still divided on Vidal. Getting him may be a marquee statement for the club but missing him may not be a catastrophe.

In this context, it would not be heartbreak to see the interest in Vidal dying down. Spending in upwards of 20 million for Vidal may not resonate well in terms of investment. Better would be to look at younger options.

So, do you think it is good for the club to miss out on Vidal?

Tags carvalho Cech vidal


  1. Robertthegooner says:

    Yes I agree. Not getting a World Class player is wonderful. It’s a blessing in disguise. We shouldn’t have got Cech either. In fact lets sell all our world class players (Cech, Koscielny, Ozil, Cazorla and Alexis) for even more blessings

    1. Tas says:

      Robertthegooner your forgot to sell the WC stadium too and buy a church just think how much blessing we can have then πŸ™‚

      1. Andrew AFC says:

        I think unless you have got a direct link to Wenger, you will never know who we are going to sign. OMG Wenger has done it again now the shackles are off.

        1. Andrew AFC says:

          As regards to Cech, Sanchez, Ozil and Cazorla πŸ™‚

    2. Champagne Charlie says:

      I’m with you Robert. In fact can we make our own movement? #NoMoreWorldClassPlayers

      1. ArseOverTit says:

        We need Welb Class!

    3. KickAssFan says:

      After reading through, I’m like, “So what are you saying?” Damn it, this is Vidal we are talking about!!!

    4. mohawk says:

      The transfer media has its own language. Arsenal “missing out” on Vidal? How can you “miss out” on something you never pursued. And NONE of us know if Arsenal have any interest in Vidal. It is ALL media rumor.

      Using the transfer media logic Arsenal have “missed out” on every player in the world except Cech. Ridiculous of course.

  2. Andrew AFC says:

    Just remember what Wenger said about Cazorla. I don’t know this guy!

    1. RSH says:

      with Cazorla there were actual reliable sources. Vidal rumors originated from Daily Star :/

  3. thetruth says:

    what we really need is a top striker
    all these talks about vidal, schneiderlin is waste of time
    buy benzima now

    1. Tas says:


      If we are honest yes just a WC striker is needed, if we are injury free (within reason) I think Coq and Aaron can do the job but it’s Arsenal and without topping the injury list it won’t be us

      1. Tas says:

        Thinking about it “how the hell” did we miss out on Suarez I dont care what anyone says Suarez was made for our team look how sucesfull he is at Barcelona and Arsenal are the closeest play system to Barcelona and look what Hapened to Liverpool, I hate Steven Gerrard for persuading him not to come to us

      2. mohawk says:

        You may be right about needing a WC striker – then again, maybe not.

        Giroud produced goals at a higher rate than Costa last season. (goals+assists in all comps vs. minutes played). Many Arsenal fans don’t like to admit that but it is a fact.

        And somehow Chelsea managed to win the title with a striker who produced goals at a lesser rate than Giroud. How was it possible? Answer: Costa was available for most of the season but mostly Chelsea had great players in other positions who pushed them over the top.

        1. Champagne Charlie says:

          Giroud’s 3rd season vs Costas Debut campaign. But shhhhhh….that would make your comparison silly.

          1. josh37 says:

            Haha so now Costa’s a striker you rate!?!?
            He had one, I repeat, one good season in Spain and as Mohawk rightly pointed out this season his productivity was on par with Giroud’s…
            Now the fact that you continually feel the need to use Theo and Giroud’s entire career span when evaluating them, neglecting their obvious, drastic improvement later in their careers.. Surely you put them on par with Costa who’s another late bloomer??
            Or has the criteria changed all of a sudden because his highlight reel’s are a little prettier??

          2. Champagne Charlie says:

            Guess you just like to make stuff up and call it fact….one good season?

            10 goals in 16 games for Rayo Vallecano
            20 goals in 44 games for Atletico (2nd fiddle to Falcao)
            36 goals in 53 games for Atletico
            21 goals in 34 games for Chelsea (Debut season)

            You’re spot on mate, he’s garbage….one season wonder for sure.

            Giroud scored 17 in 47 by comparison his first season.
            22 in 51 last year
            19 in 36 this year…….but he’s clearly better than Costa (*because he plays for Arsenal)

          3. josh37 says:

            Haha that one was actually my bad… Deepest apologies was only looking at league totals.
            But in his campaign ‘second fiddle’ to Falcao he did play for over 3000 minutes. Not really second fiddle.

          4. Champagne Charlie says:

            2nd fiddle in the case he wasn’t a central ST and was “doing a cavani” out on the flanks. He played plenty of minutes, but not down the middle where you expect most goals to come.

          5. mohawk says:

            Always someone who just cannot face the facts.

          6. mohawk says:

            Talk about missing the point – that must have sailed way over your head. I will try to break it down to a child’s level.

            The point is…….. Chelsea managed to win the league WITHOUT a 35 goal striker. That is a FACT.

          7. Champagne Charlie says:

            When did I dispute that…or suggest it’s necessary?

            How many games did he win Chelsea in the first two months of the season though? Answer: far more than Giroud has done arguably in 3 years.

    2. Andrew AFC says:

      That all depends on what system we play next season. We can score goals from all over the place with our midfield. Why put someone up top that can be marked out of the game. You look left and we score from the right. GOYG

  4. hasib1522 says:

    We didnt miss out on him. We were never in for him.

    1. mohawk says:

      Bingo. At least we have no evidence Arsenal were ever interested.

  5. alexhare says:

    Vidal’s agent came out and said we haven’t made contact with him regarding a transfer for Arturo. If we weren’t in for him, we didn’t miss out on him. Stop scaremongering.

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      Ahhhhh we haven’t officially but has Alexis???????????

      Dun, dun, dunnnnnnn…

  6. Budd says:

    I don’t believe we should guide ourselves after this Copa America tournament. This is the most boring competition I ever watched, tons of violence on the field, dirty tricks from which Maureen will definitely learn. People coming in the tournament for the sake of football (Messi, Sanchez, Cavani, James etc) were brutally downed every game by prehistoric players.
    If you watch this Copa America edition you would not buy Messi, Sanchez or Cavani.
    I do not oppose Vidal coming to AFC but if I am handed a choice here I would stick with Ramsey.

    1. Gigi2 says:

      well i havent seen any shacross tackle so far…nor any cantona kick to fans….

  7. honestly i think that we will not be signing a DM these season…its all in our heads guys…with arteta and even flamini still intact(God have mercy), Wenger sees enough defensive cover for coquelin in-case of injury or cup games…am 50-50 about the striker situation also but id be really pissed off if we don’t sign a really good one…i think that arsenal will balance the books and actually spend zero money these transfer period by selling the likes of podolski, campbell etc and get back what we got from buying Czech and thats it…
    These will have serious consequences as am sure the other big teams are waiting maybe until august to announce their massive signings and that will break our morale going into the next season as we will realise that we actually didnt become stronger than our opponents we just improved an area which we are not so bad in
    if arsene buys another MF with arteta, rosicky, flamini,coquelin still in, then i dont know arsenal at all
    if arsene buys a striker with giroud, welbeck, walcott still in, then you are free to shoot me whereever you find me

  8. ArseOverTit says:

    Missing out on Messi was a miracle!

    No pens for Carvalho if he does come..

  9. Uzi Ozil says:

    When we miss on a World Class Player or We don’t get one after numerous rumours, We come up with an article or excuses why not getting the player is a good thing….I find it irritating and abysmal. We may get Vidal or not but I don’t think it is relevant giving reasons why its a blessing in disguise for Him not coming….If He comes, We will see an article saying ‘Vidal arrival is the best thing to happen to Arsenal”….Common!

    1. Champagne Charlie says:

      Spot on. Whether we’re even in for Vidal is up for debate, but to suggest not getting a player like that is some kind of blessing is just daft.

      The real blessing would be missing out on someone like Benzema….cos then Sanogo can really shine you know?

  10. thetruth says:

    giroud, welbeck and walcott are all good players but they are not world class
    don’t pretend we can beat barcelona and real madrid if we don’t have a goal scoring machine
    ‘we are so near but yet seem so far’
    we have all the other trophies except the champions league.. COYG

    1. moneytalks says:

      Exactly we should target top strikers like Suarez, Aguero and Lewandowski. Maybe we have 0 chance to sign Suarez and Aguero but Lewandowski could be available if we offer 50 m and 250 k wages. I heard somewhere Guardiola doesnt like Lewandowski.

      1. Tas says:

        AHHHH Suarez hope he bites Messis kneecaps so they can send him to us

        1. Tas says:

          Suarez not the kneecaps HAHA

        2. moneytalks says:

          Suarez would have scored 50 goals last season if he was playing for Arsenal.

          1. davidnz says:

            50 +1 πŸ™‚

          2. Gigi2 says:

            hahahahaah LOL

  11. moneytalks says:

    Players that should leave Arsenal this season Diaby released, Flamini, Arteta, Ospina, Podolski,
    Campbell and Sanogo. Just spend money and buy a player who is fit and performs consistently.
    We need just 2 players now quality CDM and quality ST. We can easily save 400 k wages by getting rid of these players. We should be able to spend 50 m and offer 250 k wages on top striker like Lewandowski and 200 k to someone like Vidal.

  12. Aussie Jack says:

    One things for sure we have an abundance of midfielders and as you say it allows Wenger to look at strengthening other positions. I`m in agreement with Theirry Henry, we need a world class striker who is not only talented but very hungry, like Suarez.

    1. moneytalks says:

      Lewandowski is the only top striker who could be available. Look at Chelsea they didnt have a quality striker for 3 seasons so they struggled to win BPL but last season Mourinho realized and signed Costa and Fabregas boom BPL champs. We should offer 50-60 m and sign Lewandowski.

  13. Andrew AFC says:

    I think the blessing would be if we get Bale and then Sanchez could move upfront. Job done!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. moneytalks says:

      Madrid wont sale Bale this coming season. Maybe if he performs poorly next season he could be available otherwise why would Real sell Bale?

      1. Andrew AFC says:

        Because he’s home sick πŸ™‚ and wants to join the best club in London.

        1. davidnz says:

          So he is moving to Millwall πŸ™‚

          1. Andrew AFC says:

            LOL πŸ™‚

  14. ArseOverTit says:

    To be fair to admin, I just think he/she/it is just being half glass full about it. Trying to keep a positive spin on things to prevent any mass suicide attempt by AFC supporters/JustArseneal members .

    I seem to remember a similar article on how a blessing it may be, when we were dumped out of the Champions League against Monaco..something along the lines of it would allow us to concentrate on the PL. and he/she/it was right, we were able to come in at a lofty third because of it.

    So go easy folks. There is time enough and we are at early doors in the transfer window so let’s not go jumping off any roofs just yet. Although if you do, it may be a blessing in disguise!

  15. gmv8 says:

    This was never happening – I would’ve put a sizeable bet on it because Wenger never goes for players with attitudes, or who could cause problems in the dressing room. Everyone was going on about Balotelli as well last year – was never going to happen (thank God).

    1. moneytalks says:

      He signed V.Persie who was jailed for raping a women.

      1. davidnz says:

        RVP was held for two
        days on a rape claim
        but the charge was

  16. moneytalks says:

    If Walcott stays fit next season he can easily score 20-25 goals. If we dont sign a quality striker I would prefer Walcott as CF. Giroud should be benched next season.

  17. moneytalks says:

    Walcott has actually scored 4 hatricks for Arsenal whereas donkey Giroud has never scored hatrick his entire career lol.

    1. RSH says:

      Neither of them are good enough to win us EPL

    2. davidnz says:

      Would rather 1 goal
      in three big matches
      than hat trick’s against
      nobody’s in nothing matches.
      6-0 home win v Blackpool.
      7-5 win v Reading in the Mickey mouse cup.
      7-3 home win v Newcastle.
      4-1 home win v WBA in end of season knock about.

      1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

        Scored against Chelsea 4 times until now. Scored against Man Utd two times. Scored against Man City two times in single game.

  18. moneytalks says:

    Finally we have signed a top class keeper. one position done. Next CDM and ST. We can then sign quality CB after next season.

    1. Andrew AFC says:

      I think we have 1/2 great strikers in Theo and Sanchez we just need a LW/DM and a CB. Job done for the money a world class striker would cost.

      1. RSH says:

        Walcott is a great striker? he played two games there against midtable opposition. And Alexis as ST is a waste, hes obviously better on the wings.

  19. RSH says: is TROLLING with their online poll πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    1. Tas says:

      Bless them I think they are confused they don’t know what to do so they need our help, they didn’t have a fourth option “management” so I voted for a striker

  20. El Blaze says:

    I think we should make a daring 50 million Pounds for Lewandoski or settle for Lacazette, get Krychowaik then we are ready for the season!

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