Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Gunners Target "New Juan Mata" Ruben Garcia

 
on June 18 2013 12:15 PM

Ruben Garcia is a transfer target for Arsenal, according to Spanish news outlet Marca.com. The Gunners could bid €10 million for the Levante winger, compared by many to Spanish star Juan Mata.

The similarities between Garcia and Mata are based on their playing styles. Both can play wide or centrally and act as the creative hub in attack.

Like Mata, Garcia has a knack for playing defence-splitting passes. He is imaginative and possesses excellent technique. Garcia currently plays out wide and Mata also began his career as a winger who liked to drift inside.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger likes to move wide players into central roles. He did the same with Santi Cazorla at the start of last season and has previously played Tomas Rosicky as a schemer in the middle.

Arsenal need another flair player in midfield. Rosicky is a veteran who remains brittle. Speaking of brittle, youngster Jack Wilshere has also struggled to avoid injuries.

That leaves Cazorla to often shoulder the burden of creativity by himself. Garcia could fit on the left flank or take the advanced central role, at the top of the Gunners' midfield trio and provide support.

He is an exciting young talent who has quickly blossomed into a star in an otherwise experienced Levante squad. The Valencia-based club would likely welcome a bid, given the financial woes gripping much of Spain's top division.

Garcia's contract contains a €10 million buyout clause. That is the kind of reasonable fee to secure youthful potential and talent, that usually appeals to Wenger. He may also view Garcia's availability as a second chance, after missing out on Mata in the summer of 2011.

Arsenal were interested in the then Valencia talisman. But Wenger's notorious fiscal caution came in for criticism after the Gunners appeared to waver over the fee.

Chelsea eventually gazumped their London rivals with a mega-money offer. Mata has quickly become one of the most prolific playmakers in the English Premier League.

After that experience, Wenger may relish the chance to snap up one of Spain's next talented flair players for a modest sum. He has welcomed the opportunity to plunder the Spanish market in recent seasons, signing both Cazorla and full-back Nacho Monreal from Malaga.

Veteran Mikel Arteta, a former FC Barcelona academy graduate, is also a key member of Arsenal's midfield. Wenger is clearly building a squad based on Spanish flair.

His 4-2-3-1 formation is similar to the hybrid 4-3-3 structures favored by Barcelona and the Spanish national team. Since the days of Cesc Fabregas, Wenger has also moved his teams away from speed and power-based counters, to a more patient and precise brand of passing.

Still, some Gunners fans will be put off by Garcia's inexperience. Recruiting a 19-year-old is not what most have in mind during a summer supposed to herald major spending. But even with ample funds Wenger is not likely to abandon policy of signing young stars.

Spain's track record of producing intelligent and skilled young playmakers makes Garcia an enticing prospect. He suits the style of intricate passing football Arsenal play and has declared his admiration for the club.

Garcia fits the profile of a classic signing Wenger and is a player the Arsenal chief could soon mold into a key performer.

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