If Arsenal suffer another season of disappointment in the Premier League and do not manage to improve on the third place finish we managed last season, it will of course be a massive disappointment. It would also make what I am about to write about as far fetched as our north London rivals the spuds trying to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona.
However, if Arsene Wenger can prove his many doubters wrong by winning or coming very close to winning the EPL title next May, then I think that Arsenal could be in with a good chance of completing the stunning transfer of the Bayern Munich and Germany star Thomas Muller next summer.
I have not just pulled this out of thin air either, because even though Manchester United were widely reported to have tried, and failed, to sign the prolific player this summer with some hefty offers, Muller has this week admitted that the money washing around the top flight of English football is hard to ignore, as reported by Sky Sports.
The German forward said, “In the end, we should not forget that playing football is our job.
“So people should accept that wages will always play a role in a player’s decision-making. Of course, the wages that are being paid in the Premier League are very tempting. It would be hypocrisy to deny that.
“You have to look at the complete package to determine whether something is right for you. What’s good for you one day will not necessarily still be good for you the day after.
“I know that a lot of German clubs are unhappy with the Premier League clubs’ spending, but I think it is something good for all clubs in the end. It can only be a good thing for football when clubs invest so much money.”
Maybe Muller is just looking for a pay rise, but seeing as how he signed a new contract just recently and according to a list of Bayern players´ wages revealed by TotalSportek.com, that still sees him earn less than the likes of Ozil, Alexis and Walcott at Arsenal, it seems clear that even the top club in Germany cannot compete financially with the EPL money.
What Bayern Munich can offer, however, is a realistic chance of winning the Champions League as well as thedomestic title and I think Arsenal would have to demonstrate an improvement in our own chances if we were to have a chance of signing Muller.
With something like £200 million in the bank, we could afford a huge transfer fee and a serious pay rise in order to tempt Bayern and Muller, but would that be enough or do we need to win the title this season as well?