The list of possible signings for Arsenal in the next 10 days is one name shorter today. There were rumours from Spain that Arsenal had expressed interest in taking Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, and the club and player might have been open to the transfer. That seems to be off today, however, after he got a rare start for the Spanish champions and scored two goals.
The 24-year old winger had been off form this season, and it came to a head with Jose Mourinho last week. The manager laid into his player about his poor performances and the two had a fierce row, apparently. Yesterday Mourinho gave Di Maria a final chance to prove himself and he grabbed it with both hands, setting up one goal and scoring two more as Madrid cruised to victory over Valencia.
There is no way the club will sell him now, as he can be devastating when on form. Mourinho’s assistant has revealed that Di Maria’s problem was in the mind rather than physical and the argument last week seems to have done the trick. Wenger is running out of time, but has already suggested that most of the transfer business will be done in the last few days of the window. I am keeping my fingers crossed.