COMMENTARY | Manchester United's out of favor winger, Nani, could quite possibly be up for sale during this summer's transfer market. The Portuguese international has made over 200 appearances for United since his arrival to Manchester in 2007. However, he played in just eleven Premier League matches during the 2012-2013 season. Nani seems to have fallen down the pecking order on the wings to Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young for the Manchester club.
Although Nani did not play a considerable amount of time during this past season, he has been an extremely important player for his squad throughout his six seasons in Manchester. He has scored 40 goals for the club in all competitions, and was also named to the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the 2010-2011 season (while being crowned as Manchester United's Player of the Season by his colleagues in the same season).
It has been reported that Arsenal could very well be launching a bid of around £15 million for the winger. Nani would bring some much needed depth to both sides of the front line for the north London club. While he mostly plays on the right wing, Nani can also be used on the left side of the pitch as well. The 26 year old (seems as if he should be 30 by now) has outstanding pace, and a winger partnership with Theo Walcott would turn matches into track meets for the Gunners.
Speed is not the only tool Nani has in his belt. He also possesses exceptional vision and close control. The Portuguese player can pass the ball superbly. This is evident in his assist numbers. Nani has racked up a total of 54 assists in all competitions with Manchester United. This creativity from the wings is something that Arsenal has been lacking of late.
Nani's current wages are also well within Arsenal's means. He now makes around £90,000-a-week for the Red Devils. Although newly appointed Manchester United manager, David Moyes, might be a bit reluctant to sell one of his players to a rival club, transfers between the two colossal English clubs has certainly happened in the past.
While Nani's form may be in question to Manchester United fans, there is no doubt that current Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, has the ability to get the best out of his players (e.g. Mathieu Flamini, Alexander Hleb, and Alex Song). The Gunners appeared to be lacking fire power up front late in last season, scoring more than one goal in only one of their final six Premier League matches. Nani would bring Premier League experience, pace, and outstanding passing ability if he were to make the switch to the Emirates this summer.
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
- Sports & Recreation
- Manchester United
- Premier League