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10 Reason’s Why Arsenal, Chelsea & Spurs Want Juan Mata

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all been strongly linked with Valencia’s Juan Mata this summer, here are 10 football attributes the Spaniard posses…

Born on the 28th of April 1988 in the city of Oviedo, Juan Manuel Mata started his career in Real Madrid’s youth ranks in 2004 before stepping up to Real Madrid Castilla two years later. In his time at Castilla, the left-footed youngster made 35 Liga Adelante appearances and scored 10 goals but that was his last act as a Real Madrid player because Valencia CF snapped him up on a free transfer.

In the Mestalla, Mata has flourished as a player and has been very consistent for the Spanish outfit. In his first season at the club, he made 24 Liga BBVA appearances and scored 5 goals. In his second season in Valencia, he was ever-present for the club and missed only one league match all season long scoring 11 in the process. Mata became a household name in Valencia after the club’s biggest assets; David Villa and David Silva were sold out after seasons of courtship from many suitors.

On the International scene, Spain is a country that is blessed with a vast array of talent in midfield so Mata has featured sparingly for the nation but he got his debut against Turkey on the 28th of March, 2009. He has played only 11 games for Spain and has scored four goals but he has featured for the country in all available youth levels with the highest amount of appearances in the Under-21 level.

Mata hasn’t won anything at club level but the three medals he amassed have been won in the national team colors of Spain. In 2006, he won the European Under-19 Championships before winning the 2010 World Cup with Spain last summer. He was voted as the MVP in the recently concluded European Under-21 Championships that took place in Scandinavia. Spain also emerged as the winners of that tournament.

Mata has been on the radar of Arsenal Football Club and has been touted as the potential replacement for Arsenal’s departing captain, Francesc Fabregas. He has also been linked with Tottenham and more recently Chelsea. Here’s my take on the top 10 footballing attributes possessed by Juan Manuel Mata.


Mata is a very skillful player that’s never afraid to take on his man and the fact that he’s a left footed player makes it extremely difficult for defenders to come up against him because left footers have this knack for an unpredictable style of dribbling. FC Bayern and Holland’s Arjen Robben is a classic example of the ideal dribbler. You can’t also talk about left-footed dribblers without mentioning the World’s best player, Lionel Messi.


Judging by Mata’s overall statistics in his days in Real Madrid Castilla and Valencia, he has played 168 league games and he has smashed the net 43 times. Bear it in mind that Mata is a player that cuts in from the wings or plays behind the main striker so this goal to game ratio is very good. Even Football Manager gave him a finishing rating of 18/20. You know what that means.


Juan Mata’s has close control and can be a live wire with the ball at his feet. Thee so many things he can do with the ball that would make you admire the beautiful game even more. He also knows how to strike the ball sweetly. Only football “technicians” own such an attribute

Off the Ball movement

When Juan Mata is not with the ball, he’s a constant thorn in the flesh of many defenders because his of the ball movement is sleek. From throw-ins to more passes from a teammate, Mata is a player that can be backed upon to make himself available for a pass.


Standing with a frame of just 1.70m, Juan Mata is in the mold of players that have a low centre of gravity so his feet tend to move quicker than your average Joe and he uses this attribute to his advantage. He’ the kind of player that likes a through ball well ahead of him because he can use his pace to good effect.


Juan Mata can be in the hole behind the striker and can assume the mantle of the attacking playmaker. This is a role that he plays freely and he has an eagle eye for a pass that can tear defenses open like hot knife through butter.


This is a very powerful tool that has been an upper hand for many football teams from the days of Nasazzi in the 1930 World Cup. Any team that has a player who’s very versatile has a big bonus because the player can be deployed in any of the available positions he’s adept in to cover up for the space that has been made by the injured player. Juan Mata is a striker that can play on the left wing. He’s also very comfortable playing in the No. 10 and Valencia has benefitted greatly from his versatility.


Juan Mata’s body movement is a class act and he’s regarded as one of the most flamboyant wingers in Spain. Villarreal’s Santi Cazorla and Manchester City’s David Silva also fall into that mold of Spanish flamboyant wingers.


Juan Mata is a very selfless individual that’s never afraid to tee another teammate up to take the glory of a goal as well as when he’s far up the pitch. He plays with his eyes open because it’s already in his nature to feed a teammate when available.


There are so many strikers in the Planet that have spurned one on one chances because of their lack of composure but Mata is a player that picks his spot when he’s closing in on the opponent’s goalie. Every lethal finisher in the football World has a high degree of composure attached to their play. Ruud van Nistelrooy, Filippo Inzaghi, Hernan Crespo, Robin van Persie but to name a few. All these strikers have that killer instinct and know where to put the ball before it gets to their feet. It’s pleasing to know that Mata is somewhere up in the mix.


With a player as great as Francesc Fabregas Soler literally out of Arsenal, Mata is the best player to fill in his boots and a bid of at least £25m will be more than enough to seal the deal for the Spanish youngster so the gooners will be keeping their fingers crossed as the days go by. But Chelsea are circling and are thought to be keen, so it could be a straight fight between the two London giants.

Submitted by Gooner Daily




  1. Anon

    August 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    We had our chance to get him, by all accounts he was expecting to be an arsenal player and valencia were expecting the bid to come

    Did not happen, the transfer clause passed and now the billions of chelsea are involved.

    We cannot compete with them on a financial level and given the time to consider whats gone on at arsenal mata would be right in thinking chelsea is the more favourable option to take – as would valencia

  2. Wayne

    August 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Wenger obviously no cesc and greedy nasri would be leaving the club,so why on earth did wenger missed a good chance to sign mata then,now the fee as increased and Chelsea involved. 10 day before the transfer window cl

  3. Wayne

    August 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Wenger obviously no cesc and greedy nasri would be leaving the club,so why on earth did wenger missed a good chance to sign mata then,now the fee as increased and Chelsea involved. 10 day before the transfer window close any new player coming in would take a while to fit in the team,I predict arsenal would struggle for the few part of the first part of the season

  4. nathan

    August 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    arsene wenger should stop scouting for players for other clubs to buy,if he”s not ready he should be keep his mouth short,we are tired of stories of him tryin to buy players and at the end another team will take over,we have know him or for this attitute over the years,for crying out load he needs a replacement for fab and nasri to be at the top four if he likes it or not.good players are expensive you can not rule out that fact.common wenger you need to put a smile in our faces again.l wish them the best of luck.nathan Dick

  5. AIMAX- Nigeria

    August 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    It’s very glarring that chelsea will snatch him quickly and forget all about Luka Modric.Juan Mata is a fantastic play maker as well as a creative midfielder.The earlier the better. A stitch in time saves nine.Thanks. Blues 4 life.

  6. BOOZY

    August 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm

  7. jonah

    August 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    wenger which quality players are you looking,that are your excuses and by saying that”we were nearly to sign a certain player”when transfer windows are closed.kindly this must stop,since you have the cash with you make use of them.a real gooner.

  8. kaka

    August 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Welcome to chelsea man. You will be a legend of chelsea along with other younger players chelsea have gathered.


    • abdulahad

      August 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      shut up mata is our it will be a arsenal legend after henry and we can say cesc fabrecas

      • abdulahad

        August 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        by the way who are you chelsea fan you are not real madrid kaka

        • Tfc

          August 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm

          So what if his favourite player is kaka you idiot…can’t he have a favourite player and support another team? My favourite player is Zola and I’ve supported Spurs my whole life. You need to get a clue.

        • blue

          August 20, 2011 at 10:28 am

          mata bid is accepted

  9. obynovich, 9ja

    August 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    no much talks, cfc shud just sign him. Let us not alow spurs to spoil our season thru modric.

  10. abdulahad

    August 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    arsene wenger give mata a bid till 15 and mata is a left footed player and i love left footed players

  11. Sani yakubu

    August 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Get him mr buck
    he is fantastic
    player to destroy
    Up blues

  12. felix mark

    August 20, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Wenger is basically a bad coach and he has failed to control his players, so even if all of them are to go let them go and what I know is that even Van Persie next season is also leaving the club

  13. blue

    August 20, 2011 at 9:52 am

    mata, hazard and neymar in jan. we are set for next 3 years.

  14. John Monday 4rm Otukpo, Naija

    August 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

    hahahaha with mata and Benayoun on both wings and El nino in the middle you know what to expect. Chelsea fc all the way

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