Vidal and Cech Make Arsenal Champions League Contenders
The rumors continue to swirl, bluster, and blow through the streets of Hornsey Road. Petr Cech is reportedly in for his medical this weekend, and perhaps even more exciting, is news that Alexis Sanchez has persuaded his Ferrari smashing compatriot to join him in England for a run at the title.
Titles, might be more astute.
Arturo Vidal would bring nastiness back to Arsenal, a fierce edge, of razor sharp competitiveness and intensity that has long been missing since players like Martin Keown, Tony Adams, and Patrick Vieira faded into the vastness of retirement.
The addition of Vidal and Cech would make Arsenal genuine UEFA Champions League contenders.
A midfield of Vidal, Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, and Aaron Ramsey, would be on par with the best of the best. It would be a fantastical combination of guile, cunning, industry, creativity, flair, pace, goals, fortitude and aerial threat.
With those players patrolling the middle-third of the field, and playing in front of a Petr Cech led back-four of Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, and Hector Bellerin, it would make Arsenal one of the best teams in Europe. Cech would provide steadfast assuredness, championship mentality, and world-class reading of the game that would instantly upgrade the defensive organization of the team.
Two players of significance that would turn the Gunners already shimmering squad into a star-studed galaxy of world-class players.
Vidal and Cech are the signings supporters have been clamoring for over the years as the Professor has been biding his time, frustratingly so, ensuring the new stadium was paid off, and the Club's financial house was kept in order, before the final phase of his tenure kicked in. 'Phase' might be a good way to describe the recent developments regarding the manager.
So much has changed in the past few months, progress was clear this season, and last, as back-to-back FA Cup wins, a less naive big-game mentality, and automatic qualification into the group stage of this year's Champions League was secured.
Wenger cannot envision himself stepping away from Arsenal, and why should he?
His recent willingness to show flexibility in his tactics, and a renewed appetite to open the check book, is once again making Arsenal Football Club a force to be reckoned with across the continent. There's no reason for Wenger to consider retirement, and the possibility of extending his contract with the Club should not only be something consider, it should be made a priority.
In this age of trigger-happy board management, that so willingly cuts the cord on top, top members of the coaching profession, Arsenal would do well to add a few more years to the contract of the best manager the Club has ever known.
If Sir Arsene Wenger can reel in Vidal and Cech, it would light the powder keg on an explosive domestic and European title quest that looks bound for glory...