Real Madrid wide man Angel di Maria has revealed he’s desperate for regular first team football at the Bernabeu.
The 25-year-old winger started down the right hand side as Real Madrid thumped FC Copenhagen 4-0 in the latest round of Champions League group games as he tries to nail down a more consistent first team place.
Arsenal were heavily linked with di Maria over the summer, as Arsene Wenger looked to bring in attacking players, transforming the look of his current Arsenal team.
Those links haven’t entirely gone away and if the Gunners still harbour an interest in di Maria, then there is a very simple way they can convince him that the Emirates is where he should be playing his football.
“I keep trying to convince the coach that I want to be in the starting XI. I thought we played a great match. We changed the system to three up front and it worked well. The coach has told us that he is very happy,” di Maria told Canal Plus.
The Argentinean midfielder will probably be expecting to start following his Copenhagen performance and it would be extremely surprising if Carlo Ancelotti took the harsh decision of dropping him to the bench, especially with Gareth Bale out of action with a muscle problem.
The message that would send to di Maria can’t be taken in any way other than as a negative and all the while his relationship with the club is strained, the Gunners have a better chance of getting him.
If Wenger wants him and wants to throw a bit of cash at the deal this winter, then he has to guarantee the winger regular first team games.
That will be difficult considering both Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski would have returned to full fitness by that point, but he’s still arguably a better winger than either.
Signing di Maria would also have a positive knock on effect with either of those two players, as it would allow either to be released from a wide position and into a central striker role.
Considering the reliance Arsenal currently have on Olivier Giroud, the option of having more than one forward to replace him should he get injured is very appealing.
It’s crunch time for Arsenal and di Maria. He should be starting regularly for Real Madrid following that world class performance in the Champions League.
If he doesn’t he’ll be dropped to the bench and replace and that’s when Arsenal can come in and try to complete the deal they weren’t quite able to pull off in the summer transfer window.
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