- Arsenal could swoop for Man Utd star Juan Mata in the coming transfer window in January
- The 30-year-old Mata has eight months left on his current contract at Old Trafford but no news on a new offer
- Arsenal boss Unai Emery is eager to exploit the window and reunite with his compatriot at the Emirates.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is considering a surprise move for Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata.
According to a UK Daily Star report citing Daily Mail, the 30-year-old Mata - who is on £140k per week – has eight months left on his current contract as he awaits an extension from Manchester United chiefs, but is free to discuss with potential suitors from January 2019.
Emery is now keen to exploit the window to reunite with his compatriot at the Emirates.
At the last count, the former Chelsea midfielder has attracted offers from La Liga clubs, but prefers to stay in the English topflight.
After enduring series of difficulties under Red Devils Portuguese boss, Jose Mourinho, Mata‘s two-game changing goals against Newcastle and Juventus may have helped the Spaniard return to Mourinho’s good books.
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Interestingly, Mata revealed he begged club captain Ashley Young to allow him take the free-kick that resulted to goal against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
“As soon as there was the free-kick in there, I had the confidence that I had to take it,” he said, even as he was quick to add.
“I told Ash ‘please let me take it, because I can go over the wall’. It's very difficult for the goalkeeper because they don’t see a lot.
“I think because of the venue and the importance of the game, it’s one of the best (I’ve scored),” Mata summed up.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported that Manchester United stunned Juventus 2-1 in Turin on Wednesday, November 7, following late goals from Juan Mata and an own goal from Alex Sandro.
The much anticipated match did not come without a flourish as both sides tested their resolve in the elite competition.
Max Allegri's men had the best chance of the first period as Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado was denied by a brilliant save from De Gea.
Both sides went into the break with a 0-0 scoreline as respective managers went back to the drawing broads to re-strategize.
Then, five minutes after the hour mark, it was Juve's talisman Ronaldo that finally opened his account in the tournament to send fans at the Allianz Stadium into wild frenzy mood.
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