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Arsenal update – Gotze and Capoue

By Stefano on April 15th, 2013

The Daily Mail has a story which suggests that Arsenal have reignited their interest in Borussia Dortmund’s hugely talented midfielder Mario Gotze. Apparently the player has a £30 million release clause in his contract and Wenger is so desperate to land the player that he is ready to activate it.

Of course we have been here before. Gotze was a Wenger target two season ago before he did something that was seen as strange at the time – re-signed with Dortmund. Now it doesn’t look that odd does it – with his team in the last four of the Champions league and some great players Reus, Lewandowski etc to play alongside him.

The rumour is though that the player is now ready to move to the Premier League and that could mean a stint at Arsenal.

If Arsenal did sign Gotze then it would arguably be the club’s biggest signing ever. It would be the priciest but also here is a young player with a glittering future ahead of him who has already proved himself in one of the toughest leagues in the world. You can argue that Henry and Bergkamp were just as big, but then neither player was playing well for their respective clubs when Arsene came knocking.

So is it really going to happen? I take the view that Arsenal do have a good chance of securing both Gotze and Jovetic. Firstly they need Champions League football – or the deals are a non starter anyhow. Secondly the offer and the wages is going to have to significantly exceed what the players are on at the moment. Lastly, and most importantly, Wenger needs to reassure both players that he really does have a vision for the club which will make Arsenal compete with the best in Europe. If not then I think the new signings at the Emirates next season will not come from the Bundesliga or Serie A but from QPR.

The other sliver of hope that Arsenal fans should cling to is that Man City, Chelsea and PSG can’t mop up all of Europe’s top players. For example do Chelsea really need Gotze when they have both Mata and Hazard? How many strikers are City going to sign in the summer? Three?

So for the moment much rests on Arsene Wenger. If he can convince Europe elite players that Arsenal really are back in business then Gotze and Jovetic might yet end up wearing red and white.

The Capoue rumour is also in the Mail too. The Toulouse midfield stopper would be an excellent addition to the Arsenal squad, but I do think that Song could be back at Arsenal next season, especially if Wenger gets him on cut-price deal.



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Wenger plots Borussia Dortmund raid and mulls over Arsenal return for Alex Song

By Stefano on April 2nd, 2013

Tonight Barcelona take on PSG in the first leg of their Champions League quarter finals. One player who is unlikely to start is the club’s misfit midfielder Alex Song.

Since signing for Arsenal in the summer Sing has made very little impression at the Catalan club and was even named the second worst signing of 2012 after Real Madrid’s Luka Modric in a poll carried out by Spanish paper Marca.

There are reports though that Song’s Spanish sojourn is all but over and that the player could be heading back to the Premiership, and maybe even Arsenal.

The Express is claiming that Song could be sold for £12.7million and that Arsenal are likely to have first option on the player. Barca still owe Arsenal plenty of money not just for Song but also for Fabregas who signed the year before.

There are also lots of reports that Arsenal are looking to plunder the Bundesliga with Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund two of Arsene Wenger’s biggest targets. Lewandowski is the Bundesliga’s leading scorer and would significantly eat into the £70 million wear chest that Wenger has.

Now HITC is suggesting
that another Borussia Dortmund player on Arsene Wenger’s radar is midfielder Marco Reus. The website hints that the deal could depend on the status of one of the club’s veterans Tomas Rosicky.

Reus told The Guardian…

“My idol was always Tomas Rosicky. He used to be phenomenal. He had such a good eye for an opening and knew where his team-mates were, and he was so quick. Rosicky had great technique and was so intelligent and mature.”

Rosicky’s opportunities have been limited this season and it has been widely rumoured that the player will make a switch to the Bundesliga in the summer. However if Rosicky could help Wenger land Reus, who is reportedly keen on a move to the Premiership, he might be staying a little longer at The Emirates. Reus is having a corking seasons with ten goals and nine assists in 27 starts.

Arsenal have also been linked with another Dortmund player in central defender Mats Hummels. There could be a seriously Germanic flavour to the London team next season.




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