Why Arsenal's pursuit of Juan Mata makes sense for Gunners and player as his Manchester United contract runs down

The Spaniard, 30, has been at Old Trafford since 2014, but according to the Mail, he is still in the dark over his future at the club.

Here are six reasons why Gunners fans would love him at the Emirates…

1. MATA can play in a team with a Spanish identity under Unai Emery, a decade after the pair worked together at Valencia.

The former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain manager has worked wonders with the Gunners squad, getting them moving the ball from back to front more effectively and scoring goals — Mata's eye for a key pass would be of great value.

Mata is one of the most tactically astute players in the Premier League, along with David Silva, Christian Eriksen and James Milner.

He can play one of six positions, left or right winger, deeper wide midfielder, ball-playing middle-man, No10 or even false nine.

The versatile dynamo would allow Emery to play 3-4-3, 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 — and make subtle tweaks if things aren't working.

Also, there is a lot of pace in the Arsenal team, but sometimes a player who can put his foot on the ball or thread it through is the perfect kind of foil.

2. HE'S super cheap — with the Gunners only needing to offer him a contract.

Since they were demoted to the Europa League for the past two seasons, Arsenal have had to tighten their belts over contracts and transfer fees, with a few exceptions.

3. MATA brings Champions League and European Championship-winning experience to the Gunners' young squad.

And with the likes of Emile Smith-Rowe, 18, Lucas Torreira, 22, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 21, Matteo Guendouzi, 19, and Reiss Nelson, 18, all playing in key midfield and attacking positions, the former Chelsea and Valencia star's wisdom would be invaluable.

4. AARON RAMSEY is off in the summer — and who knows, he could end up going the other way to Old Trafford.

The Welshman's box-to-box instincts are clearly not Emery's tactical cup of tea and there will be a space for someone different to fill an alternative kind of role at the club.

Mata could be that man.

5. Common Goal is just ace.

More footballers should be encouraged to give away one per cent of their income and Mata has been pivotal in getting the movement going.

It just goes to show he is a nice guy and a positive presence at any club — what's not to admire?

6. Mata still has things to prove in the Premier League.

It hasn't quite worked out in 198 appearances at Manchester United as he'd have hoped, especially given the instability on the board and in the dugout.

He would have hoped to win the league at Old Trafford, but it is unlikely to happen this season, given the strength of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

If Arsenal are to realise their goal of retaining the title, this is a player who would be hungry and driven.

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