Carlos Tevez, a worthwhile signing for Arsenal?

June 26, 2007

Throughout this transfer window, Arsenal Football Club have been linked with a series of players, whether winger, striker or midfielder. Now that Henry has gone, these rumours about which striker Arsenal will sign have increased no end, and one of the most appearing rumours on various sports websites is that the Argentine Carlos Tevez will be moving to Arsenal. Tevez, a 23 year old who shone at the 2006 World Cup for Argentina has been credited as the main reason West Ham United escaped relegation to the Championship. “Carlitos” scored 7 goals in the last 10 games of the Premiership season moving West Ham from a position where all seemed lost to stay in the Premiership after Tevez scored the winning goal against champions Manchester United on the last day.

These performances caused Tevez to be linked to a number of clubs- the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea all mentioned as a possible destination for West Ham’s stellar performer. However, potential buyers will be put off by the fact that Tevez is not owned by a club, but a company. Media Sports Investments. This ownership by a third party led Sheffield United to ask for a court hearing questioning West Ham’s right to stay in the Premiership. Almost certain to move, Carlos Tevez is too good for a club of West Ham’s stature and will soon be off, although where to?

Arsenal and Inter Milan are the two clubs he has been most strongly linked with recently. Inter Milan want Tevez to strengthen their quest for the Champions League, and Tevez revealed he would be happy to move there. Tevez spoke to Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, saying: ‘Inter is a great club. There is a true possibility that I will wear the Nerazzurri colours next season. ‘It’s also true that Real Madrid are interested in my services but my agent knows exactly how I feel about it – better Inter than Real.’

Although the Argentine contingent at Inter would make things easy for Tevez to move there, it is questionable whether Inter need another striker, already signing David Suazo from Cagliari to add to Ibrahamovic, Crespo and Adriano already at the club. A move to Arsenal makes more sense as the Gunners need a striker to replace the departing Henry. “Carlitos” admitted he was interested in a move to Arsenal, telling the Sun: “I know people are now talking about Arsenal and obviously that is something I am excited about. It’s another big club and the good thing is I wouldn’t have to move out of London. I also already know English football and I like it. Arsenal’s style is more technical than physical so I could fit in no problem.”

Tevez found West Ham difficult at first as the then manager Alan Pardew refused to play him in his favoured position up front, often sticking him out wide on the wing or leaving him on the substitutes’ bench. However, after Pardew was sacked new manager Curbishley played Tevez as a forward and reaped the rewards as West Ham United were saved from the drop. Now that Tevez has adapted to English football, he would be a player that could come in and make an immediate impact at Arsenal without needed the settling in period that a player based in a different league would.

Even though Tevez was hardly prolific during his stint in East London , he scored for fun during his spells at Boca Juniors Argentina’s Primera División and Corinthians in Brazil ‘s Série A. His record of 1 goal every 3 apperances for West Ham United was by no means poor as he played on the wing for most of it and can only score more in a team that creates more chances. Carlos Tevez joining Arsenal would be a signal of intent from Wenger and no doubt he would terrorize not just Premiership defenses, but European ones as well.

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