Former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has urged Arsenal to complete the signing of Chilean international Arturo Vidal from Juventus FC this summer. Recent media reports suggested that the Gunners are keen on roping the 28-year-old midfielder to bolster their squad.

Speaking about the speculation, Ljungberg said: “I think the players who are already there are great, but for me I want to see speed.
“There were some rumours about Vidal, a great player, and he gets fuming if he loses the ball, so I like that. That kind of player would be great for the club.

“Look at Sanchez. After the World Cup in South Africa I said I wanted us to buy him, when he was at Udinese.

“He is quality but he also works hard as well. He has speed. When he loses the ball he still fights for it and that’s what I like to see.”

Arsenal had started the trend of making a big money transfers since 2013 when they had bought Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for a club record transfer fee. The succeeding season they had bought yet another marquee player from FC Barcelona Alexis Sanchez. With Vidal’s inclusion into the squad the team will become a strong unit and a serious title contender.

The ex-Swedish international further said: “I hope they can challenge for the Premier League title,” said the 38-year-old, who now works as an ambassador for the Gunners.

“Now I feel like they started again. They bought Sanchez, who I think is an amazing player, they bought (Mesut) Ozil the year before that and splashed the cash a little bit.

“I think in one or two years we’ll have a squad that’s going to compete with anyone. With one or two signings here and there, we can get a stronger squad. We’re getting there and I’m really looking forward to the next couple of years.

“If we go the way we’ve been going then we’ll compete on the same level (with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City).”

It will be interesting to see if Arsene Wenger actually decides to spend a hefty amount to bring home the midfielder. Vidal might prove to be a great buy for the gunners.


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