The international break is almost over now and it was apparent how vital Özil is to Germany as they struggled massively against Poland and then the Republic of Ireland. But what was also apparent was how much they missed Marco Reus. The German was injured throughout the entire World Cup and it was fortunate that the team collectively managed to overcome that shortcoming as they went on to lift the greatest trophy in football. But now, his absence is clearly seen and it has been costing them and will continue to cost them. Why is that? It’s because he’s one of the best wide players in Europe.
It’s well known that Marco Reus has a release clause that activates in the summer of 2015. The figure is up in the air but many believe it to be as low as £25million. It is also widely known that Arsenal tried to sign the German midfielder during the summer but in the light of his injury, decided against signing him and went for Sanchez instead as it was integral to bring pace into squad as we waited for Theo to rehabilitate from his ACL injury.
Reus is a very unique wide player. It’s difficult to find someone with that level of pace, touch and creativity who is very comfortable playing as a winger. He’s a midfielder at heart but he’s clearly very comfortable playing out wide, especially on the left. He’s a very similar player to Pires and I believe that will be one of the reasons as to why Wenger will pursue him in the summer. It will be difficult though as the likes of Madrid, Barca, City, Bayern, Chelsea and PSG won’t let such a bargain slip. But, the prospect of being completely first choice isn’t possible at any of those clubs aside from PSG. At Arsenal, it is certainly guaranteed in my opinion.
Reus is a very special player. I know we need a defensive midfielder and potentially another striker but at such a bargain price, it would be insane for us to not go for Reus. We aren’t completely set on the left either with no one really taking that position and calling it their own.