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'Awful': BBC pundit slams £9.5m man's passing at World Cup today, Arsenal reportedly bid for him last summer
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'Awful': BBC pundit slams £9.5m man's passing at World Cup today, Arsenal reportedly bid for him last summer

If events had turned out differently this summer, Arsenal fans would be keenly watching one of their players during Uruguay vs South Korea.

It’s a match that’s been keenly followed by their north London rivals due to the inclusion of Rodrigo Bentancur and Son Heung-min.

However, as per a report from Tuttomercatoweb, Arsenal were interested in one of Bentancur’s Uruguay teammates.

Mikel Arteta’s side considered a number of players to improve their options at left-back.

In the end, they brought in Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has been brilliant since his arrival at The Emirates.

Tuttomercatoweb believe that Arsenal made a bid for Uruguay’s Mathias Olivera this summer.

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The move never materialised, with the 25-year-old joining high-flying Napoli instead for £9.5m.

Olivera is still new to the Uruguay national team set-up and has less than ten caps.

He’s taking part in his first major tournament, and one moment in the first-half showed his early nerves.

On the BBC live broadcast (24/11 1:26pm), pundit Danny Murphy slammed Olivera’s passing.

He had the perfect opportunity to play in Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez, but overhit his effort allowing South Korea’s goalkeeper to clear the ball.

Murphy slams Olivera’s passing

As the left-back saw his attempted through ball cleared away, Murphy said: “Awful pass. Overhit, poor, sloppy ball. A great opportunity for the overload.

“Just a nice, easy pass into Nunez’s path and he gives him an easy one-on-one.

“Olivera takes it off Bentancur, maybe that was the wrong decision.

“Just take your time, but that is really poor. It’s such a wonderful opportunity, he’s flicked at it, he’s taken no care over it.

“Really, you just want a nice weighted pass so Nunez can come on, one touch, and slot it either side of the keeper. It was a great opportunity.”

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Olivera’s World Cup debut lasted 79 minutes before he was replaced by Matias Vina.

Despite his recent injury lay-off, Arsenal appear to have made the right choice signing Zinchenko over Olivera.

Ian Wright has described him as being ‘vitally important’ to Arsenal already.

Even rival manager Antonio Conte praised Arsenal for bringing him and fellow Man City player Gabriel Jesus to the Emirates.

After Murphy slammed his passing, Olivera won’t want to see the replay back of his missed chance any time soon.

It ended up costing Uruguay one of their best chances of the match, as the game finished 0-0.

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