The much hyped William Carvalho had a big chance to impress against Chelsea, but did he seize it?
The Portuguese international was in action for Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League against Chelsea, unable to prevent a 1-0 defeat.
Carvalho has been linked to several Premier League sides in recent months, with Arsenal among them.
Arsenal are in need of a defensive midfielder, but Carvalho's £37 million release clause has so far prevented the club from doing a deal.
Carvalho did not have the sort of game last night, which will necessarily have convinced Arsene Wenger to sanction his signing.
|Position||Match||Interception Won||Won Tackle||Passing Accuracy||Mins Played|
|William Carvalho||MF||Sporting vs Chelsea||0||2||86%||90|
Despite making some nice touches, Chelsea's in-form side were too much for Carvalho's Sporting, with Nemanja Matic netting the winner.
Watching Arsenal fans were split over Carvalho's suitability for the Gunners, here's a look at several knee-jerk reactions of watching supporters:
On the basis of tonight's display, Wenger was right not to purchase Carvalho for £24m. Completely overrun in the midfield! #afc— Joshua Gorton (@JoshuaGorton95) September 30, 2014
As far as i am concerned,this william carvalho guy has being all hype and no substance. Not sure he's what we need IMO #afc— DIDOT SANCHEZ (@didot991) September 30, 2014
Watching Carvalho''s performance against Chelsea I generally don't see the difference between him and Alex Song #Arsenal— Antman (@Anthony22syh) September 30, 2014
William Carvalho played ridiculously good. Future arsenal player— Todd Roberts (@toddroberts94) September 30, 2014
I think I saw enough of William Carvalho to convince me he's the man to shore and anchor @Arsenal defensive midfield responsibilities— Stan_Tasarov (@Stillstann) September 30, 2014
William Carvalho is certainty that type of player Arsenal's midfield needs...tall..Strong..good passing range— G.O.A.T (@terabyteAFC) September 30, 2014