Eliaquim Mangala’s comments to BeIN Sport may have just lit up the light bulb hanging over Arsene Wenger’s head.
The 23-year-old Porto defender has suggested that he’d prefer a move to Chelsea ahead of Manchester City, because of the fact the Blues are situated in London as opposed to the North West.
"City or Chelsea? Chelsea because it is London."
With Arsene Wenger looking for defensive reinforcements ahead of next season, that may be the green light he needs to go after the player and cause transfer heartbreak for Jose Mourinho.
The Gunners maintained a respectable defensive record last season with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny forming a solid partnership in a defence, which conceded 41 goals, fewer than Liverpool in second place.
However, when one of them was unavailable, Thomas Vermaelen struggled to look like the composed Arsenal captain of his past, which has led to speculation the Belgian could be released if the right offer comes in for him this summer.
Even if the Gunners decide to keep their captain, there is still value in Wenger bringing in another centre-back and there’s no reason it can’t or shouldn’t be Mangala.
In terms of resources Arsenal are well placed to be able to offer Porto a competitive fee and put the player on a competitive contract over the next four to five years.
Arsenal are also fresh off of a season where they ended a nine-year wait for a piece of silverware, something Mourinho criticised last season.
The fact of the matter remains that Arsenal have the most recent record of success, as Chelsea didn’t win anything last season and that’s something that the Gunners can use to their advantage in any bidding war or transfer scuffle which breaks out after the World Cup.
Mangala has dropped a massive hint that he’s ready to come to the Premier League but there’s no reason Arsenal can’t convince him to move to the North of the capital city over the West.