Sign Marco Reus, and the Gunners Can Win the English Premier League Title
After clinching the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, most of the who-will-Arsene-Wenger-buy-next attention has turned to that midfielder, you know the strong one, who will protect the defence.
Sami Khedira, even if he is nothing like that solid powerhouse midfielder, William Carvalho, Lars Bender and Morgan Schneiderlin have all been tagged as possible incoming transfers this summer.
Nothing has quite happened on that front yet, due to various reasons -- be that wage demands or transfer fees. And Wenger's and the fans' concentration was piqued on the defensive half just that tad more when Thomas Vermaelen switched to Barcelona, leaving a big hole in the central defensive department.
Amidst all that who-should-we-buy talk, there has also been some movement in the Marco Reus stakes. Reus is undoubtedly one of the best playmakers in Europe at the moment – his pace and technical ability coupled with a penchant for scoring goals making him the target for many clubs.
While Borussia Dortmund have maintained Reus is not for sale, and will not be anytime soon, a few eyebrows were raised when Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge "let slip" Reus could leave the Westfalenstadion next summer for a mere that-is-peanuts-for-a-player-of-that-calibre €25 million (around £20 million).
That would be during the next summer transfer window, of course. And while Dortmund, no doubt, will try their utmost to make Reus sign a new contract and insert a bigger release clause before the current one comes into effect, it will also heighten the interest of quite a few clubs, especially from the English Premier League for this summer.
Make an offer of around £28 million, thought to be Reus' current buyout clause amount, and the Germany international could yet be a player in the Premier League.
So, the question that needs to be posed, from Arsenal's point of view, is this: Should Wenger make a move this summer, and bring in a seriously talented player who can play across the forwardline and add another dimension to Arsenal's attacks or should the Frenchman pass up the opportunity and maybe make a move next summer, when a lot more clubs will definitely show an interest?
Arsenal have a ridiculous array of attacking talent at the moment, and they certainly do not desperately need a player of Reus' mould.
"I have more attacking options than I had for a long time -- that's for sure," Wenger said after seeing his team outclass Manchester City in the Community Shield. "Three, four, five years ago, every year we lost a big player. In the last two years, we added players like [Mesut] Ozil and this season like Alexis so of course that strengthens the squad."
But can a squad ever be strengthened enough? Arsenal certainly have the money to make a bid for Reus this summer; the only question is if Wenger deems it necessary.
The problem might also be if Wenger does make a move for Reus, then chances of signing a big name central midfielder and/or central defender might be scuppered, even if the manager admitted he is looking at bringing in someone who can fill in a few roles, kind of like Calum Chambers. "Maybe a guy who can play in two or three different positions would be a better asset for us," he said.
Claims were, after all, made that Arsenal had a move for Reus all planned out before the playmaker suffered an injury just prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and Wenger bought Sanchez instead.
But then, imagine a fluid forwardline of Sanchez, Reus and Theo Walcott, with Mesut Ozil pinging those passes to the three willing runners. Olivier Giroud could be brought in when Arsenal require a physical presence in the park, and the Gooner life would be all hunky dory wouldn't it.At the end of the day, Arsenal do not necessarily need Reus; but the German's signing, as long as it does not stop a defender/defensive midfielder coming in, should sweeten those Arsenal odds of winning their first English Premier League title since 2004 by quite a bit.