Everything seemed to be going nicely for Levski’s winger Nicolay Dimitrov.
He was spotted by Arsene Wenger’s scouts and asked to travel to London Colney for a trial.
This took place last December and the player left Arsenal full of confidence believing that he had impressed Mr Wenger and his technical staff.
He even gave us some insights into the Arsenal dressing room revealing that most of the pranks and jokes were mainly carried out by Adebayor and Toure.
You can read up about this here: “Toure and Adebayor the big jokers in the Arsenal dressing room"
Dimitrov’s optimism was not unfounded as Arsene Wenger decided to send one of his trusted scouts, Bobby Bennet, to Levski’s winter training camp in Israel to watch the player under match conditions in a friendly against Dynamo Kiev.
Boby Bennet was also impressed as was apparently the “Independent” newspaper who run a headline in early January “Arsenal close in on Bulgarian wing Dimitrov” stating that “a decision on whether to buy him should be taken quite soon”.
It was nice to have a national newspaper like the Independent confirming the story that “Arsenal Analysis” broke to the Arsenal fans first as far back as the 15th of December!
However the January transfer window came and went without news of Dimitrov. His agent has said last week that the message he got from Arsenal is that they will keep watching Nicolay and make a decision come May or June.
“Arsenal obviously indicated that they are positive about the player and they will continue to watch him for the rest of the season. A decision will be made by them in May or June. We have agreed to keep in contact until then”.
It seems that Arsene Wenger will want to delay his decision so as to have a better picture of not only Dimitrov but of Carlos Vela, who is out on loan to Osasuna in Spain, since both are natural left footers and of Tresor Mputu who was also on trial at Arsenal last November.
On his part Dimitrov has exalted the benefits he accumulated during his trial period at Arsenal:
“I have gained a lot from my stay at Arsenal” he said to Bulgarian sports paper “Gong”
He has, since his stay at Arsenal, been called up for duty for the Bulgarian national team for their international friendly away against Northern Ireland which Bulgaria won 1-0. He played for the whole of the second half.
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