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How Arsenal missed out on signing Juan Mata as Cesc Fabregas’ replacement

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 Apr 2020 8:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Mata left Chelsea for Manchester United after just two-and-a-half seasons (Picture: Getty)Mata would win the Champions League and FA Cup in his first season at Chelsea, while Arsenal ended up waiting until deadline day to sign Mikel Arteta from Everton and just pipped north London rivals Spurs to third spot in the Premier League.The Gunners also missed out on Cazorla that summer, who instead joined big-spending Malaga, though a year later Wenger would eventually get his man in a bargain £10m deal.MORE: Why Arsenal signed Granit Xhaka ahead of N’Golo KanteMORE: Dimitar Berbatov fires warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal exitFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mata and Cazorla could have been teammates at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)According to The Athletic, Wenger quickly dispatched Arsenal’s former chief negotiator Dick Law to Spain where he met with Mata’s father and even agreed a contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Then we waited,’ says Law of the negotiations. ‘Juan definitely wanted to come to Arsenal, there was no question about that.’However, Wenger and Arsenal were concerned by the combined value of both Mata’s massive contract and the transfer fee – with Valencia eventually receiving £37million.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThat would have more than doubled Arsenal’s then transfer record, which stood at the £18m that had been spent on Jose Antonio Reyes.While Arsenal delayed and dithered, Chelsea swooped in and offered better terms to land Mata, with the Spaniard – who now plays for Manchester United – winning the club’s Player of the Year award in his first two seasons at the club.Asked if Arsenal ever considered paying slightly over their own valuation to land a target ahead of a rival, Law told The Athletic: ‘I don’t think that calculation ever entered our equation. We didn’t have the money to say, “We’ll spend a bit more to block”.’center_img How Arsenal missed out on signing Juan Mata as Cesc Fabregas’ replacement When Fabregas left for Barcelona in 2011, the Gunners turned to another Spaniard (Picture: Getty)Arsenal were in pole position to sign Juan Mata back in 2011 as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Cesc Fabregas but dithered over the deal, allowing Chelsea to swoop in.Almost a decade ago, the Gunners were scouring the market for two new playmakers with both Fabregas and Samir Nasri looking to leave; the former returned to Camp Nou, while the latter joined Manchester City.Arsenal’s scouting department quickly identified two replacements for the duo, both from Spain: Villarreal’s Santi Cazorla and Valencia’s Mata. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Troy Deeney off the mark as Watford overcome in-form Stoke

first_img The Hornets skipper – who netted 21 times in the club’s promotion campaign last term – opened the scoring in the 43rd minute from a flick by fellow forward Odion Ighalo, moments after each player had hit the crossbar just seconds apart. Almen Abdi wrapped things up in the 69th minute following a mistake by Marc Wilson to spoil Mark Hughes’ 100th game in charge of Stoke, who had gone into the match looking for a fourth straight Barclays Premier League victory. Troy Deeney notched his first goal of the season as Watford ended Stoke’s winning run by beating them 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium. The result sees Quique Sanchez Flores’ side leapfrog their hosts in the table, moving up to 13th while the Potters slip to 14th. Deeney almost found himself presented with a great chance in the opening seconds when Geoff Cameron got in a mess near the Stoke goal, but Glen Johnson was on hand to make a cool interception. Cameron, holding his right thigh, had to come off soon after for Wilson as the home side tried to get a grip on the game. They managed to boss possession for much of the first half and had several corners but were unable to really threaten, with Marko Arnautovic somewhat summing things up in the 29th minute when he shouldered a decent opportunity over the bar. Watford then suddenly sprung into life in attack in the 37th minute, hitting the bar twice in quick succession via Ighalo’s header and a shot from Deeney. They subsequently grabbed the lead when Ighalo bamboozled Wilson as he cleverly flicked Abdi’s pass to Deeney, who took advantage of a Philipp Wollscheid slip to slot in from the edge of the box. Stoke – who moments earlier had been denied an opener direct from Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner by a near-post Heurelho Gomes save – then had protests that Miguel Britos had handled a cross from the Switzerland winger in front of goal waved away by referee Martin Atkinson. Watford got a similar reaction from the official after the break as Ighalo and Ikechi Anya looked his way following challenges on them in the area by Wilson and Erik Pieters respectively. Hughes looked to shake up his attack on the hour by bringing on Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters for Joselu and Shaqiri. But it was Watford who found the net soon after as Wilson lost possession to Ighalo and he teed up Abdi, who burst forward and smashed past Jack Butland. The England goalkeeper then made a good save to keep out an effort from substitute Juan Carlos Paredes, while Walters struck across the face of goal at the other end as Stoke’s hopes faded. TWEET OF THE MATCH “If you told me 13 points from 10 games I’d have taken it in a flash Everyone associated with the club deserves credit” – Watford fan account @watfordfcgossip on the Hornets’ season so far. https://twitter.com/watfordfcgossip/status/657955345617260548 PLAYER RATINGS (Out of 10) Stoke Jack Butland – 6 Erik Pieters – 5 Geoff Cameron – 4 Philipp Wollscheid – 5 Glen Johnson – 6 Glenn Whelan – 6 Charlie Adam – 6 Marko Arnautovic – 6 Bojan Krkic – 6 Xherdan Shaqiri – 6 Joselu – 6 Substitutes Marc Wilson – 5 Jonathan Walters – 6 Peter Crouch – 6 Watford Heurelho Gomes – 6 Nathan Ake – 6 Miguel Britos – 6 Craig Cathcart – 6 Allan Nyom – 6 Ben Watson – 6 Etienne Capoue – 6 Ikechi Anya – 6 Almen Abdi – 7 Troy Deeney – 8 Odion Ighalo – 8 Substitutes Juan Carlos Paredes – 6 Valon Behrami – 6 Adlene Guedioura – 6 STAR MAN Odion Ighalo: Created both goals, hit the crossbar and generally made a nuisance of himself. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Troy Deeney’s goal: The moment the Watford skipper had waited so long for finally arrived, and in fine style. Set up by some nifty footwork by Ighalo, Deeney took his chance with aplomb, striking confidently past Jack Butland to register his first-ever Premier League goal. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Boss Mark Hughes understandably selected the same team that had extended the Stoke’s winning run at Swansea, but the likes of Joselu, Bojan, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic failed to fire in attack. The manager switched things around on the hour by bringing on Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters, but it made little difference. On the defensive front, Hughes will be pleased Ryan Shawcross is nearly ready to return given Geoff Cameron’s injury and the performance of his repalcement Marc Wilson. Opposite number Quique Sanchez Flores will be pleased all-round; that someone other that Ighalo – who had five of their six goals to date for the campaign prior to this match – has scored, that it was the hard-working Deeney getting off the mark, and with the general way his defensively-resolute side picked up another creditable result. MOAN OF THE MATCH Stoke went into this game with real momentum and it looked on paper – at home, against a newly-promoted side – like a very good opportunity to chalk up another victory. But Hughes’ players ultimately let him down in his 100th game in charge. They saw plenty of the ball, particularly in the first half, but their finishing was wasteful and mistakes at the back cost them. WHO’S UP NEXT? Stoke v Chelsea (Capital One Cup, Tuesday October 27) Watford v West Ham (Premier League, Saturday October 31) Press Associationlast_img read more

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