Arsene Wenger has suggested in his recent interviews regarding transfers that he is looking for a utility defensive player who can operate in more than one position.
For me. Javi Martinez is the man. Aged only 25 he has won every major honour at Bayern Munich since joining in 2012 and was pivotal in their quadruple success in the 2012-2013 season. The Spanish international has also been recognised as one of the best defensive midfielder's in football and still hasn't reached his peak yet.
The chances of landing Martinez
Many fans may believe that Arsenal will have no chance of getting him but I beg to differ. The midfielder only made 17 starts under Pep Guardiola and Philipp Lahm was preferred in the defensive midfield role in big games, which was a major snub. The midfielder, who became Bayern's all-time record signing when he moved from Athletic Bilbao for €40 million in 2012, has grown increasingly frustrated with his deployment at the Allianz Arena.
Competition for places
It's said that the 25-year-old is reportedly considering a summer exit from Bayern as he is not satisfied with the diminished opportunities provided under Guardiola.
Bayern have already signed the young, highly-rated, German defensive midfielder Sebastian Rode and youngster Pierre Højbjerg has impressed the manager last season and Bayern have insisted he will not be on loan this upcoming season and will be given more chances. It’s very hard to see where Martinez will fit in with Badstuber also returning from injury and Dante given a new contract.
Everyone saw how when Guardiola became manager at Barcelona he gave then-youngsters like Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Pedro Rodriguez a chance in the first team and sold senior players he believed didn’t fit in his system, so it wouldn’t be uncharacteristic for him to sell Martinez.
Arsenal have been crying out for a defensive midfielder and strong presence in midfield since the departures of Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira. Wenger can guarantee Martinez first team football he is not getting at Bayern, which will also help his quest in being a starter for the Spanish national team.
Arsenal are also now in a strong financial position to offer Martinez a pay rise from the £75,000 he is earning a week, which will also be a way to lure him to north London. The FA Cup champions can afford to bid £32million; which will be hard for Bayern to turn down, especially as it is the same price they bought him for and he isn't getting any younger.
Furthermore Bayern are highly interested in the Colombian international Juan Cuadrado who will cost £32million and fit in their system as a right wing back very well while Lahm can be deployed more centrally.
With Thomas Vermaelen sold to Barcelona and Miquel, Coquelin and Diaby not good or reliable enough, the Bayern powerhouse would be the ideal signing for Arsenal and the signing that will make the north London club strong contenders for not only the Premier League but also the Champions League.