Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were reported to be in very close contact with Romanian international Ciprian Marica this summer, and in fact into the Autumn. The reasons why were simple - both clubs needed an extra striker, the Transfer Window had shut and Marica was arguably the best option available as a free agent.
Marica had ended a largely unconvincing spell with Schalke 04 in the summer when his contract with the Bundesliga club came to an end. But others remembered fondly his time with Shakhtar Donetsk and Stuttgart, so with that in mind he became a prime target for the North London duo.
But despite offers from the Premier League, Serie A and his homeland he opted for a move to Spain, with Getafe beating local rivals Rayo Vallecano to his services - after he got advice from Raul, a man who knows Madrid very well and a former team-mate in Gelsenkirchen.
Yesterday he scored the first goal in Getafe’s 2-0 victory against Villarreal, his first goal since arriving in Madrid - on what was his first start for the club.
Earlier in the day he had been quoting Walt Disney, mainly in relation to the potential for Romania to qualify for the World Cup at the expense of Greece in the play-offs - play-offs that Marica’s fine form in the qualification group got them to.
"I grew up with a saying of Walt Disney: ‘If You Can Dream It , You Can Do It!’ If you can dream, you can succeed.’’
And it must have felt like a dream come true when he scored his first goal for the club, especially in the manner the open net was gifted to him. It only took him five minutes, capitalising on defensive errors to find the finish and you can see it below:
I am sure that Arsenal fans would prefer Marica in their squad to Nicklas Bendtner.
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