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Following our terrible start to the 2011/12 Premier League season, Arsène Wenger will be left in no doubt that he must sign some world-class players in January or face the wrath of the many fans who are planning to protest at next weekend’s game vs Sunderland.
With a number of top European clubs (including Liverpool, Manchester United, AC Milan and Bayern Munich) monitoring German international Mario Götze, Wenger looks set to put his money where his mouth is by offering a cash + player exchange deal for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.
Götze is rated at somewhere in the £25-30 million mark, and Wenger will apparently attempt to fight-off interest from the other clubs with an offer of £20 million plus Maroune Chamakh in January. Chamakh has failed to maintain a place in Arsenal’s starting XI following his free transfer to the club in summer 2010, and Wenger will no doubt be looking to offload any deadweight when the transfer window re-opens in a few months time.
At just 19 years old, Götze is exactly the type of player that Wenger always looks for; Arsenal reportedly made a late bid for the attacking midfielder in the summer, but failed to meet Dortmund’s valuation. He would fit straight into the Arsenal as the perfect partner for Mikel Arteta (who prefers to sit slightly deeper).
This deal (if it does happen as reported) would represent the perfect opportunity for both players. Chamakh could finally get some consistant first-team football in the Bundesliga, and Götze can ply his trade for Arsenal in what I think is that most physically demanding and interesting league in the world.
Likeliness rating: 2/5 I can see Wenger making a bid, but I reckon that if he does move in January Götze will choose a club that will definitely be playing in the Champions League next season.