While the potential signing of William Carvalho had prompted excitement among Arsenal fans, the mood changed when the Portugal midfielder missed a decisive penalty in the UEFA Euro U21 finals shootout.
Then Sporting Lisbon man was the fall guy as Portugal missed out on the continental youth crown following a 4-3 defeat to Sweden in the showpiece final in Prague.
Carvalho saw his penalty saved by Swedish keeper Patrik Carlgren, guaranteeing that the Esperancas missed out on the prize.
Carvalho has been linked with both Manchester United and Arsenal, with the latter reportedly closing in on a £19.8 million move for the powerful midfielder according to the Metro. The Daily Star also noted that the Gunners were ‘likely’ to secure the 23-year-old’s signature.
However, it remains to be seen whether fans of the North-London giants would be happy to see Carvalho arrive at the Emirates Stadium.
The mood certainly appeared to change following the powerhouse’s missed spotkick, with one fan even suggesting the potential arrival would be a poor man’s Francis Coquelin.
Sweden champions of the euro u21s on penalties William carvalho an arsenal target missed the 5th spot kick very poor penalty.
— joshua bunting (@Distillerymad) June 30, 2015
I wonder if William Carvalho’s penalty miss will increase the likelihood of him staying at #SportingCP this summer…
— Andy McDougall (@andymcd90) June 30, 2015
Wait, William Carvalho was the one who missed? That’s weak. Don’t buy him. Immediate red flag, Fergie would never buy a bottler like him.
— Monkey D. Jiggy (@Jackel_Ramzilla) June 30, 2015
William Carvalho just knocked 10 mil of his price tag
— Thomas smalley (@Tombythethames) June 30, 2015
Remember William Carvalho against Chelsea and he was terrible, don’t think he’s half as good as Coquelin. Wouldn’t mind him being a sub tho.
— Musty (@Musty_AFC) June 30, 2015