It’s been a case of so far, so good for Arsenal this summer.
Okay, so the Gunners haven’t exactly set the world alight in the transfer window but the club have been quietly going about their business.
Besides, their capture of Alexandre Lacazette makes it one of their busier summers in recent years alone and for a club record fee of £46.5 million, too. The north London side have also brought in Schalke’s Sead Kolasinac.
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That’s not to mention the fact; thus far, Arsene Wenger has defied the odds in keeping hold of both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. The former seems set on staying and the latter looks set to endure at the Emirates as well, if just for a farewell season.
Pretty solid business, it’s fair to say. Nevertheless, Wenger seems more than aware of the challenges facing an Arsenal side anomalously starved of Champions League football and isn’t stopping there.
With rival such as Chelsea and the Manchester clubs dipping into their wallets, the Gunners are trying to keep up with the pace. The next target on their list could even prove a Bayern Munich target.
Wenger and co. have already had their fair share of brushes with the Bavarian side this summer, with the Germans proving one of the frontrunners for Sanchez.
The Gunners prevailed in that instance with Carlo Ancelotti’s side getting cold feet over wage demands. Moreover, Arsenal are vying to thwart Munich again by potentially hijacking their move for Leon Goretzka.
As per SportBILD, Wenger has been monitoring the German in secret for months and is confident of securing a deal before the end of the window.
Goretzka only has one year left on his contract at Schalke and his club is believed to be waiting out for a transfer fee in the region of £26 million. Arsenal have made an approach but are being continually tailed by Bayern.
The 22-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in Germany after a superb 2016-17 campaign in Gelsenkirchen. Amassing 30 appearances and five goals earned him a call-up to his nation’s Confederations Cup team this summer.
Die Mannschaft went all the way in Russia with Goretska starting the final and helping to marshal a 1-0 win over Chile.
If Arsenal were to beat Bayern Munich to their man, it would be born from a move that came mere hours after they defeated the Germans in a pre-season friendly.
Ancelotti’s men looked on course to overcome the Gunners yet again in Shanghai with Robert Lewandowski’s penalty given the German’s a 1-0 lead. However, Alex Iwobi’s stoppage time header sent the game to a penalty shootout.
Two saves from Emiliano Martinez later and Arsenal took the plaudits.
So, with a friendly victory and a potential transfer steal on their hands, perhaps Wenger is finally getting one over his German bogey team. Then again, a 10-2 aggregate defeat still takes the win – sorry Arsene.
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