Arturo Vidal’s future at Juventus has been a source of contention for quite some time, with Manchester United thought to be keeping a close eye on the Chile international.
However, with Arsenal surely in the market for a commanding central midfielder with energy, determination and drive, the fact that they have not been linked with Vidal remains something of a mystery.
The Gunners have no shortage of technically excellent ball-players in the heart of their team, but the feeling remains that they are lacking a physical presence in the boiler room to help them command games.
In the Arsenal Invincibles team, Patrick Vieira was arguably the most important player and since his departure from the North London club the Emirates Stadium faithful have craved someone of the Frenchman’s ilk.
Mathieu Flamini on his day can do an excellent job, while Alex Song was sold to Barcelona and Mikel Arteta does not have the stature to fill the role.
Vidal’s footballing abilities are not in doubt as he fits into a technical Juventus team with aplomb, but of a star-studded midfield containing world stars Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio, the Chilean is the closest thing to a hardman and enforcer.
Arsenal’s chances of signing Vidal surely took a step in the right direction when Alexis Sanchez moved to the club in the summer, with the South American attacker proving a revelation in the Premier League.
The Chilean compatriots have a tight bond through combined exploits for their country and are known to be close friends away from football.
Given that Sanchez has been such a success since moving to England and appears settled in London, a move for his compatriot is surely now within reach and even more likely to be successful.
Vidal would not come cheap and Juventus would be reluctant to sell, but with his future always up in the air and Serie A not holding as much prestige as it used to, an enquiry from Arsenal and a phone call from Sanchez could do no harm.