Arsenal appear to have dodged a bullet by not moving to recruit Sami Khedira during the summer transfer window, with the Real Madrid midfielder having taken the decision to undergo knee surgery while sidelined with a hamstring tear.
There was intense speculation that Arsenal would sign Khedira after he was supposedly deemed surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu, and it would appear a deal was not pursued with good reason.
Khedira missed much of last season after suffering anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, but was able to recover in time to appear for Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League and represent Germany at the World Cup.
He was, however, injured in the warm-up before the final against Argentina and this growing reputation as an injury-prone player has been enhanced after he was ruled out until October with a left hamstring issue.
As confirmed by Real Madrid on Wednesday afternoon, the 27-year-old has now gone under the knife in order for his niggling knee issue to be corrected while he continues to rehabilitate from the torn hamstring muscle.
“Sami Khedira, who is currently out injured with a left hamstring problem, has undergone an arthroscopic revision on his left knee,” a statement read.
“The procedure went successfully and was conducted by Dr. Ulrich Boenisch at the Hessingpark Clinic in Augsburg with the supervision of Dr. Jesús Olmo.
“The player will continue to be treated by the Sanitas Real Madrid Medical Services in the next few days.”
Marca reports that the “cleansing of the joint” was deemed a success and that his return is still timetabled for six weeks, as had initially been set out following the hamstring injury.
While it had initially appeared that Khedira’s proposed move to the Emirates Stadium represented something of a done deal it emerged as the summer progressed that Arsenal had their doubts over his injury record.
Khedira’s current absence will take the number of games he has missed for Madrid through injury to over 70, and Arsenal were reported to have been concerned at making a commitment to a player who earns around £200,000-per-week and has a dodgy fitness history.
The arrival of Shad Forsythe is most likely to have put paid to a proposed transfer given the in-depth knowledge he would have had of Khedira, with the esteemed fitness coach having been key member of the Germany backroom staff for a number of years.
It was a smart move by the Gunners to not seriously pursue Khedira in the end, although that does nothing to disguise the fact they still needed to recruit a player of repute to operate in the anchor role in their midfield.
Speak to Arsenal fans and the majority would identify the need to acquire a holding midfielder as a key requirement but, while Wenger enjoyed a successful transfer window, he failed to reinforce in a potentially pivotal area.
William Carvalho of Sporting was linked, as was Alex Song, and many supporters would surely have taken there former charge back from Barcelona on a temporary deal, but he instead joined West Ham on a season-long loan.