The January transfer window is almost upon us and with it's opening comes the annual merry-go-round for those players unable to hold down a starting spot for their current employers.
Sami Khedira is one such player.
A stalwart of Real Madrid and the German national team, Khedira's succession of injuries saw him out of the picture as far as Los Blancos were concerned.
Khedira is now so far down the pecking order at Santiago Bernabeu is he now that a player who won the World Cup less than six months ago, heightening speculation that he could be on his way to Arsenal in January.
Madrid fine without Khedira
Knowing that the German ball-carrier can leave for nothing at the end of the season, Carlo Ancelotti seems to appear ready to sanction the deal, given that his Madrid side have done exceptionally well without him.
You can't really argue with 24 successive wins can you?! The north Londoners have missed a player with the presence, energy and drive from midfield that Khedira supplies, since the days of Patrick Vieira.
Arguably, the Frenchman in his pomp gave the Gunners the edge they've been lacking ever since his retirement.
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Value for money
Khedira's acquisition would therefore represent a studious purchase by Arsene Wenger.
For far too long now, Arsenal have been decried for having a soft core and the German's arrival will plug that gap.
Still only 27-years-old, Khedira comes to London at an age where it is generally accepted that a player is in his footballing prime.
Combative, competitive and a player that gives 100 percent every time he steps out onto the football pitch, it's no wonder that concussions, knee injuries and the like have been commonplace.
He'll get no respite in the Premier League of course, and there might be a concern as to whether Khedira's battered body can withstand the rigours.
But when a player who has been there and done it all is available to you for less than a fifth of the fee paid for Gareth Bale, then business needs to be done.
Arsene Wenger has stolen a march on his rivals and the addition of Khedira might well see a 4th placed finish as a thing of the past.
One player doesn't make a team, but the right players can, and do, make a difference.
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