By ’Tayo Amosu
August 19, 2014
According to reports, Arsenal is on the verge of bringing in a second Chilean to the Emirates as Napoli forward, Eduardo Vargas, who plays for Rafael Benitez’s Napoli in the Italian Serie A, is said to be on his way to London.
His days at Napoli’s Stadio San Paulo appear numbered because he seems surplus to Benitez’s requirements at the Italian side.
He was sent on loan to Valencia at the second half of last season, after a previous loan spell at Gremio and now he’s been linked to a loan move to the Emirates Stadium.
La Tercera, a Chilean publication even claims that Eduardo Vargas could be named an Arsenal player as early as this Wednesday, a day after Arsene Wenger’s side travel to Besiktas for UEFA Champions League qualifier in Turkey.
Reports have it that he has told his family members he would be joining the Gunners, this term.
Vargas, a 24-year-old attacker, while on loan at Valencia last season scored 6 goals from 17 matches played for the Spanish club.
For Chile, he has featured 32 times and scored 15 times and one of his goals came at the recently concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil, against the Spanish national side in their second match of the Mundial.
The player who would expectedly be the second Chilean to sign for the North London side this summer, is said to be versatile with the ability to play across the attack from right to left and even centrally.
Valencia was said to be keen on re-signing Vargas this summer but Benitez appears to favour a loan move to Arsenal in the English Premier League, for the player.
Vargas looks like a player with the prospect of peaking career-wise in no distant future.
He was chosen as a candidate for the South American Footballer of the year, in November 2011, eventually placing as runner-up to Neymar.
In December of the same year, he was named Chilean Footballer of the year for 2011, while playing for Universidad de Chile.
The news of this loan move for Vargas, reminds one of the shock £20m move Arsene Wenger was reported to have made for the Colombia and Porto playmaker, Juan Fernando Quintero, just days after Arsenal confirmed the capture of his Colombian teammate, David Ospina.
The spontaneity and discreetness exhibited by the media was all there was to the story as Wenger dissociated Arsenal from the capture of Quintero.
Now, the Vargas news seems no better than the Quintero story in terms of it coming to fruition.
Wenger, speaking to the press after his team’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the opening fixture of the English Premier League, said: ‘Upfront, we have plenty of candidates.
Joel Campbell has joined us again, plus the new signings, while Walcott is coming back at the end of the month.
So, if you look at the number of players we have upfront, we have unbelievable strength’.
Although fans expect there to be signings, but a defensive or defensive midfield player should be announced, and even if a new attacker would be at Arsenal this summer, links to Edinson Cavani and Marco Reus, would be desired and not Eduardo Vargas.