Arsenal 'make contact' over €17.5m German striker

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Arsenal have been in contact with Borussia Mönchengladbach over striker Marco Reus, according to reports.

Die Fohlen boss Lucien Favre made the claim, according to The Independent, revealing the Gunners were hoping to discuss the player's availability.

Reus, who has a clause in his contract making him available for €17.5 million in the summer of 2012, has been earning rave reviews in the Bundesliga and earned his first international cap against Turkey in October.

With 11 goals in 16 appearances so far this term, the prolific 22-year-old has also come to the attention of Bayern Munich, but it's Arsenal who lead the chase from England.

Arsene Wenger admitted yesterday that he may be tempted into the January transfer market, with players leaving for the African Cup of Nations and Park Chu-Young yet to convince at the Emirates Stadium.

“We lose players like Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations so hopefully, touch wood, we do not get any injuries to our strikers," he told Arsenal fans during a Q&A.

"But if an opportunity turns up in that department then we will buy."

Lucas Podolski is another German to have been linked with a move to the Gunners, with Wenger evaluating the best possible support for Dutch hitman Robin Van Persie at the club.

The Arsenal club captain has 19 goals in all competitions this season, but the Gunners' chief knows other players will have to chip-in if the north London outfit are to maintain their challenge for a top four spot in the Barclays Premier League.

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