Could Gotze be on his way to Arsenal?
Let me start off by saying just how much of a fan I am of Mario Gotze! This guy is one of my favourite current professionals in the game and I would love to see him wearing the red and white of Arsenal Football Club.
Gotze is rumoured to be considering his future at Bayern Munich after finding his role at the club mainly limited to the bench. The 23 year old German international has proven himself on the biggest stages of club and international football and has therefore attracted many suitors, one of which may be Arsene Wenger. Wenger was supposedly interested in Gotze from a young age when he was developing at a rapid rate at Borussia Dortmund. The German star was then a target for the Gunners that summer before he made the move across the country, to sign for Bayern Munich instead and Wenger subsequently had to look elsewhere. However, now with Gotze seeming ready to be on the move once again, could Wenger be looking to sign up his man?
According to many media sources so far this summer, Gotze has been linked with a whole host of clubs. But the latest report from TalkSport is that Gotze would much prefer a move to the Gunners, rather than Liverpool, who are also in the hunt for the German star!
Gotze may not come off as quite so impressive as he was in his Borussia Dortmund days but that could be down to the fact that he is not a regular starter for his current side. Some will argue that he doesn’t start enough for Bayern or Germany on a regular basis because he simply is not good enough for the starting eleven, in terms of quality. However what you have to remember is that these are two sides which are packed with talent and experience, especially in the midfielder department. Gotze is also still young and developing as a player, meaning he still has plenty to learn about performing at his highest levels. This means that Gotze doesn’t quite have as much of a important role as he’d quite like to and therefore understandably he may be looking for a move this summer.
I personally cannot see a move to the Emirates happening, purely based upon the amount of midfielders we already have at the club. Gotze can play a number of different roles, ranging from central midfield, to the wing, to a more attacking midfielder role. However based upon the players we already have for those positions (except for wingers) I’d say Arsene Wenger already has more than enough at his disposal. The way I see it is that if Wenger wasn’t willing to spend big money on another CM/CAM in the form of ex-gunner Cesc Fabregas, when he was looking to return to Arsenal, then he is not going to spend £30 million plus in Mario Gotze, as much as I’d like to convince myself otherwise. With Mesut Ozil also at the club, it would mean there would be competition for one position for both club and country, something Wenger is notorious for not allowing and I wouldn’t want Ozil displaced in the team. The other thing is that although Gotze could play on the wing for Arsenal like he has done occasionally for his national side, he isn’t a natural winger in the sense that he is more direct with build up play, passing and the ball at his feet, rather than the pace, ability to beat a player and to put crosses in as you’d expect from a ‘real’ winger.
In my opinion, even if Gotze truly would prefer a move to Arsenal rather than Liverpool, as the media reports, then I cannot see his wish come true and a move to Anfield does seem more likely.