Marco Reus seems like he may well leave Borussia Dortmund after reportedly turning down a new contract. Arsenal, who've spent well in the transfer market, are hopeful of more trophies. By signing the German, Arsenal can win their first Premier League title since 2004.
Arsenal still in need?
All Arsenal fans were excited when Alexis Sanchez was signed from Barcelona for around £30 million, and so they should be. Sanchez is, quite simply, one of the finest attackers in world football, and could well take the Premier League by storm.
And, although Sanchez could possibly play as a striker in future, it's not his natural role. Sanchez is best at speeding down the flanks, providing crosses and occasionally scoring from long range. Striker's goals aren't really his thing.
Some might say Arsenal need a defensive midfielder, but I disagree: we have Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and, in some cases Calum Chambers to occupy that role.
So, do Arsenal still need a striker? They've spent £56 million this window, so how much can they afford? About £20 million would be the maximum, one would think, given that Arsenal operate on a fairly small budget. So, who can they sign?
Reus: An absolute bargain.
It was revealed earlier this month that Marco Reus has a release clause in his contract of just £20 million. This is a truly unbelievable fee for a player of such quality. Reus is probably worth double that.
As a result, many parties are interested, and the leading candidates would seem to be Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
But Atletico are set to sign Alessio Cerci, Barcelona are on the trail of Juan Cuadrado, Manchester United are after Angel Di Maria and Liverpool have agreed a £16 million deal with Mario Balotelli.
Would Reus work at Arsenal?
So that leaves Arsenal. Arsenal, as mentioned above, are in need of a striker. They do not need a winger, they have far too many as it is. While Reus' main position is on the left side of midfield, could he evolve into the striker they so desperately need? I believe so.
Reus scored 23 goals and assisted 23 more last season, a truly splendid record for a midfielder. He's excellent at movement off the ball, often beating the offside trap with ease, is fast, skilful, and has a superb finish in him.
These are all the credentials a top class striker requires. Also, Borussia Dortmund's attacking football, of which Reus is the ringleader, is highly similar to that of Arsenal, and so Reus would fit in perfectly. Converting Reus back into a striker could be an absolute masterstroke by Wenger.
So, would a striker like Reus, assisted in attack by the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, backed up by a strong central midfield, a rock hard defence and a top class goalkeeper be enough to win Arsenal the Premier League?
I honestly cannot see why not. Reus would be the final piece in a truly formidable starting XI.
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