Pato could favour Arsenal move after seeing Defoe’s plight

Roberto Soldado

The Brazilian may opt for the Emirates and the greater opportunity for regular playing time.

While Tottenham and Arsenal look set to do battle for the services of Alexandre Pato in the January transfer window, the truth is that the Brazilian may already chosen his desired destination, given the events currently playing out at both clubs.

A quick glance at the Premier League standings certainly favours the Gunners, with Arsene Wenger’s team currently five points clear of Spurs at the top of the league.

And while Arsenal may currently lead the way in the division, with Champions League football looking likely for next term, the reality is that the Lilywhites look similarly well-placed to take a seat at European football’s top table.

Level on points with Liverpool and Chelsea and just down in fourth, Tottenham are certainly shaping up as title contenders.

But despite a series of solid wins, the clouds are continuing to form around manager Andre Villas-Boas and his current first-choice striker Roberto Soldado.

Signed from Valencia for £26 million, at the time the Spaniard was seen as the more complete striker than his Manchester-bound compatriot Alvaro Negredo.

But while his fellow countryman has flourished at the Etihad this term, Soldado has had to rely on penalties, and lots of them, to even find the net for Spurs with three of the four goals he has scored so far in the Premier League season coming from the spot.

It’s a situation that has seen many fans and pundits alike questioning the decision making of Andre Villas-Boas, with the Portuguese boss keeping faith with the Spaniard despite the fine form of his back-up Jermain Defoe.

Despite enjoying a formidable scoring run in the Europa League, the White Hart Lane favourite has taken on a peripheral role this term and could now be set to depart for Major League Soccer come January.

Such a development may boost Pato’s playing chances, should he decide to move to Tottenham, but it could prove a poison chalice, with AVB staying steadfastly faithful to the summer’s big money signing.

By contrast, Arsene Wenger could be more willing to rotate his forward line amid concerns that current target man Olivier Giroud could find himself overworked come January.

And with Pato seeking a move away in a bid to secure his spot at next summer’s World Cup, it may be a case of either playing second fiddle to Soldado or joining Arsenal’s merry marching band.

image: © Victor Gutierrez Navarro

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