Arsenal are looking increasingly like benefiting from Tottenham’s failure to sign Chelsea new-boy, Willian, with Juan Mata set to make room for the Brazilian by moving across London to Emirates. Mourinho is now spoilt for choice when it comes to attacking options, and could be keen to move the Spanish playmaker on before the end of the window.
Having already failed to sign a number of top class players that they had been strongly linked with this summer, Wenger can really make a statement of intent by luring Mata to Arsenal – and prove that his team can still attract top-class talent despite a run of over eight years without winning any silverware.
Earlier in the summer, Mourinho played down talk of Mata leaving Stamford Bridge, insisting that he needs him for the upcoming campaign, but the extra competition for places at Chelsea, coupled with Arsenal’s virtually guaranteeing yet another season of Champions League football has seen football betting markets react quickly and Mata might see Wenger’s men a very attractive prospect for the midfielder as he looks to build on his promising start to life in English football.
Having scored eighteen goals in just 61 Premiership starts for Chelsea, Wenger will be hoping that Mata can score the goals that Arsenal need to finally end their ten-year wait for the title – and that in the short-term, this capture will go some way towards silencing his critics.