Before the Le Coq’s rise to prominence, Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho was regularly linked with a move to Arsenal.
It was an easy rumour for the papers to keep running; the Gunners needed to strengthen the base of their midfield and the Portuguese international fit the bill…being young, pretty decent at football, built like a bull and whatnot.
There were whispers about complicated third-party ownership issues – apparently no longer a problem – and a fee in excess of £35 million, however, the rumour persisted in part because Carvalho himself went public on his love of the Gunners.
And he’s done it again…even if it comes with the caveat that he’s happy at the Estádio José Alvalade.
In an interview with homeland publication A Bola, the 23-year-old 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 with 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.”
Of course, loving Thierry Henry isn’t enough to secure you a move to the Emirates. If it was Arseblog News would have penned a long-term deal in the London Colney dungeon years ago.