William Carvalho to Arsenal would be a dream move for both parties


Sporting Lisbon’s defensive-midfielder William Carvalho has given a refreshingly open response to questions about his future.

The 23-year-old has pinpointed his preferred destination if he were ever to leave the Portuguese capital, and it will make good reading for fans of one Premier League club in particular.

Speaking to A Bola, he said: “I am where I want to be right now, which is Sporting, but if I ever do leave then it’s a sign that my work here was well done.

“I dream of winning the Primeira Liga here. I prefer not to say too much, but there is a club which I’ve always been fond of: Arsenal.

“Because of Thierry Henry, a player with whom I have always enjoyed watching.

“Maybe this is why I look with so much affection to the Premier League.”

This news will have definitely perked up Arsene Wenger, with Carvalho being exactly what he needs.

He’s a combative midfielder, who can also play in defence when needed, something which has been missing from The Emirates in recent seasons.

Only Francis Coquelin comes close to being in the same mould, but he needs competition for his place, and Mikel Arteta struggles to adapt when asked to fill in.

The Angolan-born Carvalho has represented Portugal from under-17 level all the way up to the senior side, where he has already made 13 appearances.

His solitary goal last year highlights a player who prefers to break up play rather than score, and his position as vice-captain for his club at such a young age reflects someone who has the ability to lead the midfield.

If he does truly want to wait until winning the Primeira Liga before leaving Sporting, then the Gunners may be able to get their man at the end of the season.

The Leoes are currently level with FC Porto at the top of the table, looking to win their first title since 2002.

They’ve assembled a good squad, aside from Carvalho they have players like Rui Patricio, Alberto Aquilani and Bryan Ruiz, with a strong footing to build on after finishing third last season.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.