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Gotze & Podolski – Arsenal’s Top Transfer Targets

Arsenal have made the two German stars, Mario Gotze and Lukas Podolski top transfer targets for as early as the January window – a time when Wenger is well known for staying away from any sort of business.

Arsenal have been interested in Gotze for …

Arsenal have made the two German stars, Mario Gotze and Lukas Podolski, top transfer targets for the January window – a time when Wenger is well known for staying away from any sort of business. The Gunners boss once again last night claimed he wouldn’t be entering the market this winter, but we all know he’s always coy on his transfer plans and keeps his cards close to his chest, so take his comments with a pinch of salt.

Arsenal have been interested in Gotze for some time now, with the 19 year-old impressing for Borussia Dortmund and has been singled out as the outstanding talent in Europe and a real star of the future. His pace, skill and technical ability has caught the eye of several top European clubs, and is expected to sell for the quite stunning price of £30 million.

While this would usually immediately turn off any interest from Arsene Wenger, he has reportedly been given the green light from the board to spend the money in order to persuade in form striker Robin van Persie that the club have big ambitions and to sign a new contract with Arsenal.

As has been written here before, Arsenal will have stiff competition to sign Goetze, who has big admirers across Europe with far larger financial muscle, including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Another player whom Arsenal will apparently make a move for is Lukas Podolski, who has begun flirting with the idea of a move whilst flattering the Gunners by calling them a “top club” who play “at the top in England,” he said:

“Arsenal are a top club. They have a good team and play right at the top level in England. My family and friends may live here [in Germany], but if I am in top condition, then I think I could fit into any side in Europe. I am not forced to stay only in Cologne.”

The 26 year-old striker would be a fantastic purchase and an interesting partner for Robin van Persie, who is currently carrying the teams success with his goals. If Marouane Chamakh is interesting clubs who are prepared to spend £10 million on the out of form Morrocan, Podolski would be an outstanding replacement with his cost said to be £20 million.

His current club Cologne are five points from the bottom of the Bundesliga and are out of the German Cup. They are also not competing in Europe, and talks to extend Podolski’s contract which expires in 2013 have stalled because of this.

Arsenal would do well to add these two German stars to their line-up; both are full of attacking talent and potential, and although both would come at a hefty price, it would be a small price to pay to keep their stars at the Emirates and move on from losing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last summer.



  1. Jttinash

    December 3, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Pliz mr wenger get us podolski, gótze( or marco rues from borussia m’blach iz just az talented but significantly cheaper) and jan vertonghen fro ajax. These player give us enough depth to mount a title blitz and go for european glory…

  2. craig

    December 3, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Pay the money and i’ll personally pay for the plane tickets to get them here….

    • mnickiel

      December 4, 2011 at 7:26 am

      ,,ha haaa lol

  3. Big Q

    December 3, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Bull,we all know Wenger will never spend that much.I just dont get it..if the board really approves,then y is Wenger so stingy??????

    • Teddy t

      December 4, 2011 at 12:13 am

      he’s an economist, i wouldn’t say he’s stingy just has a better idea of worth than most managers (I.e mancini), also he’s snapped he’s clearly tired of taking moral high ground with how effectively arsenal is run. gurantee he’ll spend in january, cause no chance he’ll let us fall out of the top 4 without a fight.

  4. habib

    December 3, 2011 at 11:49 am

    podlsoki and mario will be super sining for our club arsenal


    December 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    podlsoki and mario will be super sining but will Wenger n the board gonna spend?

    • aj

      December 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Absolutely right! These two players would take us up another level and enable us to compete for the prizes.
      I wish it would happen but I think AW is more likely to find a bargain-basement player we have never heard of, who makes no difference to us at all.

  6. Bobo

    December 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Podolski n mario gotze-Datz a gr8 news,but left 4 mr wenger and d board 2 spend d cash.

  7. syhihib

    December 4, 2011 at 11:46 am

    do it

  8. syhihib

    December 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

    please arsenal will do so good with mario gotze and the 26 year old podolski they will be better then half of the teams in the barclays premier legue

  9. syhihib

    December 4, 2011 at 11:51 am

    come on arsenal you can win the preimier legue you can doit you have a great team your gona have a even better squaad withe fantastic mario gotze and the great podolski. you can do it arsenal you have the power. COME ON ARSENAL. with mario gotze and podolski you can finish 1st 2nd or 3rd and thyat will be great because then we can go to the champions league next year

  10. g boy

    December 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    i tink dat wud be an exceptiona addition to d current parfomin squd.hop betwn venga nd board d cash snips out………..

  11. Ismael jaffery

    December 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Sell arshavin and chamakh and get marko marin “german leo messi” and Gotze “super mario” also podolski and arsenal would be invincle again

  12. PERKY

    December 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I would be amazed if arsenal signed Gotze , it would be the best signing ever! but unfortunately arsenal wont pay the money:(
    i could see podolski happening but not until next summer.

  13. Chima

    December 5, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Wenger should spend cash we have the money

  14. Kendy

    December 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

    For us acquiring the services of Podolsky and Gotze will be a retaining strategy to keep Van Persie with ease or else we will loose him sooner than we expected…….pls Arsenal Board, we need to stregthen our left attacking midfield to win BIG.

  15. Bash

    December 11, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Venga, plz we need dem

  16. Bash

    December 11, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Gotze & Podolski, good players for our lovely club. Wenger, don’t look @ d money just bring dem cos of their high quality. In Wenger we Trust!

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