Gotze, Reus, Grosskreutz & Podolski: Arsenal Chase German Quartet

By on November 18, 2011

The headquarters for Arsenal’s transfer rumors seems to be located somewhere in Germany, with four players from Die Mannschaft garnering speculation of a move to the Emirates:

Mario Gotze

Mario Gotze is the most significant player linked with Arsenal.  The 19 year-old German international is one of the biggest prospects in world football.  Borrussia Dortmund have already declared there is no chance Gotze will be leaving the club in January, as they are 2nd in the Bundesliga table and still fighting to advance from the Champion’s League group stage.  BvB management has said that if Mario were to leave in the summer, the bidding would start at £20million.

The attacking midfielder has been in fine form this season, tallying 5 goals and 7 assists in 16 matches spanning all competitions.  A January move looks unlikely, but Arsenal could be buying their next star this summer if Arsene wins the bidding for this sensation.

Marco Reus

Marco Reus of Borrussia Monchengladbach is also on Arsene’s radar.  Former AFC keeper Jens Lehmann told Wenger that he cannot miss out on Marco’s talent, and since Arsene has inquired about Reus’ availability.  The 22 year-old wing-forward has been on fire in 2011, scoring 7 league goals in 9 matches and earning a call up to the German senior squad.  He has a buy-out clause of nearly £15.5million, so Arsene may pull the trigger to acquire some talented cover for Robin van Persie.

Kevin Grosskreutz

Kevin Grosskreutz, the 23 year-old winger from Dortmund, placed himself on Arsenal’s transfer radar by proclaiming his admiration for Arsenal.  “I would like to go to the Premier League in England, and my favourite club there is Arsenal,” Grosskreutz exclaimed in an October interview.  The winger has scored 3 goals in 9 league games this year.  He’s also regarded as a major prospect in Europe, earning his first senior cap this past May.  The winger may desire a move to the Emirates, but his contract with Dortmund runs until July 2014.  So, he won’t come on the cheap, and at a price similar to Reus’ buyout clause, Arsene inevitably will pass on Grosskreutz.

Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski is the final German heavily linked to Arsenal.  In response to the rumors, German manager Joachim Low declared, “Lukas should be plying his trade for one of Europe’s top clubs. He’s been in fine form and is good enough to play for Arsenal.”  A move to Arsenal might gain favor from Low, but it remains to be seen if FC Koln will feel the same way about selling their 26 year-old hitman.  Undoubtedly, Koln will want to cash in on their prized asset, who has scored 43 times for the German national team in 94 appearances. His club career has not gone as well as when he plays for his country, but 9 goals in 11 Bundesliga matches so far this year speaks for itself.

If Arsene can talk down Koln’s £20million asking price, Mertesacker might have a fellow countryman to don the Gunners shirt with.

Verdict:

Marco Reus seems the most likely to make Arsenal his new home.  His age, skill set, and reasonable price tag suggest he could match up with Arsene’s precise transfer criteria.  It remains to be seen if any of the above will come to North London, but the linkage to German internationals is extremely promising for a resurgent Arsenal.

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11 Comments

  1. Thorough

    November 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Get Reus in January alongside Gourcuff. And after we make top four in the league lets go burst n get Goeze, even if he will cost 30mils.

  2. Kareem.A.Oluwasegun

    November 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

    The best and perfect club for Gotze is Arsenal. His record looks like Van Persie and Wenger will make hime a woqd class player

  3. bc

    November 18, 2011 at 11:01 am

    bring in all 4 as direct replacements for rosicky, diaby, arshavin & chamakh

    we could probably get £30m for those 4 meaning we would only need to sell Bendtner, Vela and Denilson to raise the shortfall.

    more worryingly is our defensive situation. we are talking about rotation, yet both our right backs are injured and so is one of our left backsthe other left back is clearly overweight and off the pace

    we need to offload the weak defensive likes of squillaci, djourou, hoyte, hajrovic, brislen-hall, meade and monteiro to raise the cash to buy van der weil, vertonghen cahill and baines

    that is my 8 players in, all in all i would sell 22 players.

  4. Kareem.A.Oluwasegun

    November 18, 2011 at 11:35 am

    The best and perfect club for Gotze is Arsenal. His record looks like Van Persie and Wenger will make hime a world class player

  5. Kareem.A.Oluwasegun

    November 18, 2011 at 11:49 am

    A judicious and rational ways of treating non performing and bench players is to off loard them e.g Charmark, Aboul, Bentner, Alumina, Denilson, Vela. Then buy Gotze, Podolsk and give room for Miyachi and park to opperate and have playing time.

  6. Ramsey mattew ogugua

    November 18, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Leandro Domeoa and Gotze let gunner chanllenge be of better tp

  7. Toni

    November 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Lukas podolski nd mario gotze will b ideal 4 gunaz…

  8. Bernd

    November 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Bigger clubs will come in for Goetze after the Euros.

    Marco Reus is amazing but is on Bayern’s raider and German’s traditionally tend to stay in Germany…

    Kevin Grosskreutz may have expressed his love for the Premier League, but with his passion towards Dortmund I could not see him leaving for Arsenal to be honest.

    Lukas Podolski is the best player in the Bundesliga currently and with his manager Stale Solbakken stripping him of his captaincy, criticising him after a 1 goal-2 assist performance, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him leave his beloved Cologne

  9. isaac

    November 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    please Arsene,the quartet is the right stuff 4 the club.Buy them out.

  10. karis

    November 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    i concur with issac and bc. add cahill to the list

  11. yann

    November 19, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Gotze is not a prospect. He is already a top player, probably the best in Germany at his position, and a top 10 player on the planet period. He will cost 50 mil, but I think he is worth it. Inevitably though, I think he will end up at Barca as Iniesta’s replacement.

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