Former Arsenal winger Perry Groves believes the Gunners will win the Premier League title this season if Arsene Wenger signs Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira in January.
Khedira, a commanding holding midfielder, has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks. But several other top clubs also have a reported interest in the German World Cup winner, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Groves feels Arsenal stand an excellent chance of winning their first Premier League title since 2004 by signing the 27-year-old, who has reduced his wage demands to £80,000-a-week in an attempt to leave the Bernabeu in the New Year, according to the London Evening Standard.
“They need to strengthen that defensive midfield area and the one that stands out in my mind is Khedira,” Groves told Standard Sport. “He would be perfect for them.
“He would give Arsenal something different. A lot of their midfield players are very similar, very technically gifted players but Khedira will win the ball back to allow others to go and play.
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“If Arsenal can get their injured players back while making sure the gap to the top doesn’t get too big with Chelsea and City then they have a chance to challenge for the title. If they can get to within six or seven points by the time the January transfer window opens and then sign Khedira, they could win it.”
Wenger keen to sign new midfielder
Arsenal currently find themselves in fifth position, nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, having won just three of their opening nine matches.
Many supporters have picked out the Gunners' lack of quality in defensive midfield as the potential cause for the team's frailties at the back - and it seems Wenger has acknowledged this fact, judging by recent transfer rumours.
As well as Khedira, it's also been reported this week that Wenger is keen on signing Spartak Moscow's Brazilian midfielder Romulo.
Wenger is understood to have tabled a £9.5 million bid, plus the services of striker Yaya Sanogo for a season, in order to sign the South American in January.
Whether Groves believes Romulo would have as big an impact as Khedira is unclear, but the latter is widely considered one of the world's best holding midfielders, whereas the former has made 18 league appearances over the past one-and-a-half seasons because of injury problems.
Khedira has also had his fair share of injury problems. The Germany international missed a large chunk of last season with a serious knee injury, but has now returned to full fitness.