Sign him up Arsene! Arsenal target was Real star of the show in CL win

Angel Di Maria

Few players have outshone Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria in Real Madrid's side this season, with the 26-year-old at his very best against Atletico.

Real Madrid had plenty of people to praise after their dramatic Champions League win over Atletico Madrid in Lisbon on Saturday.

Much of the acclaim from Real Madrid's tenth Champions League victory has fallen on former Tottenham star Gareth Bale. The Welshman scored the key second Real goal deep into extra time to put Los Blancos ahead for the first time in the game, a lead that was subsequently fleshed out by goals from Marcelo and Ronaldo as their crosstown rivals searched in vain for a route back into the match.

Sergio Ramos' equaliser, a bullet header in added time at the end of the 90 minutes also ensured he received significant acclaim, and quite rightly as he was the side's most impressive defensive individual.

But one player stood out from all the rest with his energy, skill and creativity, whatever position he was playing from.

And he is a man long on the radar of FA Cup winners Arsenal.

Angel Di Maria made several slaloming runs through thickets of Atletico defenders in Lisbon, when most players looked dead on their feet.

It was one of these runs that saw him burst into the area in the 110th minute, drawing an excellent save from Thibaut Courtois that nevertheless span up for Bale to nod home.

Arsene Wenger has long been linked with a move for the Argentine, who at 26 is arguably still yet to hit his peak.

When Bale was signed at the start of the season it was expected Angel Di Maria would be the man to make way. In fact, the former Benfica man has used his determination and versatility to feature 52 times for Real, just one game less than his most prominent season. But what is really impressive is that Di Maria has scored more goals (11) and set up more (24) than any other season in his career.

It is the reason Real have reportedly upped his asking price to £45 million, a figure that was supposed to have put off Arsene Wenger.

If Arsenal and Wenger are serious in their attempts to make the step up Premier League and Champions League challengers, Di Maria is exactly the kind of player they should look toward. Capable across all attacking midfield positions, he also possesses a relentlessness in his play that is admirable and would be of genuine value in Arsenal's seemingly available left midfield spot.

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