Good news everyone, we are finally going to sign a defender!
Wait, is he a 28-year old Portuguese left back currently with Malaga? Well, yea, according to some sources whose words are very often reliable. Arsene Wenger’s good rapport with the guys at Malaga appears not have waned at all and if Vitorino Antunes becomes an Arsenal player by January, he will be the third from that club to have joined us in 3 years. The price is very attractive as a cut-price of about £2.5million seems all that needs to be wired from London for the deal to be sealed.
Not sure how you Gooners feel about this, considering we do not necessarily need another left-back at the moment, let alone one who is certainly not coming as one for the future. Francis Coquelin had impressed enough against Southampton to stir the belief that we are very covered in that area, while the shortage of options in the middle of the defence still remains unattended.
But since the Manager has chosen to go for this player, what about him?
He is shorter than Monreal. Better?
Antunes was the player who took Monreal’s place in the Malaga team after the Spanish International moved in to the Emirates in the winter of 2013. Height is really not a yardstick for making any judgments on the superiority of full backs. If anything, it appears the shorter one is, the better the ability to defend on the wings – Nigel Winterburn, Roberto Carlos, Jordi Alba… Vitorino Antunes?
He’s been on the European Tour
Unfortunatley, he did not make the European team for the Ryder Cup because his tour was a footballing one, not golf. Antunes began his career in his native Portugal from where he has had loan spells in Italy and Greece, before he found his promised land at Malaga. The interesting part of his journey was that he managed 5 Serie A appearances for Roma within a year’s loan spell, but never made a single appearance in the four years of the permanent deal that followed.
He has great memories of the Champions League
Antunes played just one Champions League game for AS Roma in the Champions League in 2008. However, he was part of the 22 who gave us one of the most breathless Champions League games ever as he played every minute of that pulsating quarter-final game against Dortmund in 2012. Though he and his Pellegrini-coached teammates crashed out after being within stoppage-time seconds of advancing towards the semis, that was surely the greatest (lowest) moment of his career so far, as Malaga have not made it into the Champions League since.
That Malaga team was composed of the likes of Roque Santa Cruz, Martin Demichelis and, Arsenal January target, Isco. Antunes, also, had the pleasure of being festered with some Gunner flavours as Julio Baptista was also a part of that team. He already has some idea on what it means to be a Gunner.
So now we know a lot about him; not bad, is he?
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