This summer Arsene Wenger surprised just about every one by signing one of world football’s very best midfielders, Mesut Ozil. Most pundits had already begun to write Arsenal off this season, but Wenger’s one moment of transfer brilliance seems to have completely turned the table.
There’s now plenty of chatter about Arsenal being title contenders. This may well be a little premature, but there’s no reason why the Gunners can’t compete for silverware this season, especially if Arsene Wenger continues to show ambition in the January transfer market.
Whilst the Mesut Ozil signing provoked a lot of excitement, I think it’s fair to say that he didn’t really fill a need in Arsenal’s squad. After all, Arsene Wenger can call upon many different, talented, creative midfielders (like, say, Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey). In that regard, the Frenchman is spoiled for choice.
What Arsenal lack, are defenders and strikers. If Wenger can fix this in the January transfer window, who knows what Arsenal can achieve?
Admittedly, Arsenal did re-sign Mathieu Flamini this summer, on a free transfer. The Frenchman looks to be fired up and passionate, but at nearly 30-years-old, probably isn’t a long-term option. Flamini is also somewhat limited in his range of passing and his shooting ability.
According to ‘reports’ (via The Metro), the German ace is open to a move to the Emirates. They suggest that Khedira is keen to meet up once more with his international chum, Ozil.
Whilst not quite at Ozil’s level, Khedira would be a fantastic signing for Arsenal, who would further demonstrate the Gunners ambition in the transfer market.
Khedira is a bundle of energy, who covers a lot of ground, works extremely hard and can spray the ball about nicely. He’s also strong in the air and can be effective in and around the penalty area.
The fact that he’s remained a Real Madrid regular, despite all the competition, more or less speaks for itself. He’d be a real asset for Arsenal.
Of course, he won’t come cheap. But with Arsenal’s new-found willingness to spend, who’s to say Arsene Wenger can’t make it happen?
What’s your take? Should the Gunners move in for Sami Khedira?
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