Arsenal may be scoring goals for fun at the moment, but their manager Unai Emery doesn’t quite seem satisfied with what he has at his disposal.
The Daily Star are now reporting that the Spaniard is looking to add to his ‘arsenal’ with the presence of his compatriot Juan Mata.
The current Manchester United midfielder hasn’t committed his future to the Old Trafford club just yet, and speculation is rife over where he might end up.
Mata will finish with his contractual obligations at the end of this season, and Emery looks very interested in reuniting with the playmaker whom he worked with for a considerable period of time during their time together at Valencia.
Emery made Valencia a force to be reckoned with in La Liga, and always had the experience, skill, and accountability of Juan Mata to depend on. In fact, Emery was coach of the team when Mata eventually moved on to Chelsea in 2011.
The former PSG boss shares a special fondness for his ex-player, and the two continue to be friends even now. With Mata’s place at Manchester United under threat with the influx of new players, a high-profile club like Arsenal could be the right option for a player entering his latter years.
United seem adamant to keep the Spaniard on their rolls for the considerable future, and while the 30-year-old hasn’t necessarily indicated that he is unhappy with the Red Devils, the situation surrounding Jose Mourinho’s future could be reason enough for him to consider other opportunities.
However this deal works out, one thing is clear. All the naysayers about Mata have been silenced simply by the interest shown by a manager with the class of Unai Emery. His stint at PSG proved he knows how to bring the best out of his players, and Mata may well end up being one such individual too.