Arsenal must sign Mario Gotze if Mesut Ozil joins Barcelona

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Arsenal must swoop for Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze if Mesut Ozil leaves for Barcelona in the summer.

Ozil, whose performances this season have helped drive the Gunners’ bid to win the Premier League title, has reportedly snubbed a contract extension to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Although Arsenal remain confident their star performer will stay, manager Arsene Wenger should consider signing Gotze if Ozil opts to return to La Liga.


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Barcelona interest

Not content with having the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, Barcelona are reportedly eager to snap up Ozil with the German currently operating at the peak of his powers.

The Catalan giants have been linked with a host of big players since their transfer ban ended in January – with Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba topping the list – yet they could be tempted to bolster their squad when the season ends.

Ozil has been in sensational form all season, and provided the assist for Danny Welbeck’s late winner against Leicester City on Saturday afternoon to put the north London side just two points off the summit of the Premier League, but much may depend on whether the Gunners can finally end their 12-year wait for a Premier League title.

Magic Mario

Despite scoring the winner for Germany in the World Cup final against Argentina in 2014, Gotze’s career has stalled at Bayern Munich with starting opportunities hard to come by under Pep Guardiola.

The youngster swapped Borussia Dortmund for their fierce rivals in 2013 believing the grass would be greener on the other side.

However, despite winning two consecutive Bundesliga titles, he is still unable to force his way into an attacking lineup already consisting of the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben.

At 23, Gotze still has time to make his mark at the Allianz Arena but could find himself thrust out of the door by Carlo Ancelotti when the Italian succeeds Guardiola in the summer.

Ideal signing

Arsenal have made a habit of signing big players in recent years – Alexis Sanchez and Ozil were both snared somewhat sensationally – and Gotze could become the latest superstar to ply his trade at the Emirates Stadium.

He has been regularly linked with a move to Liverpool ever since Jurgen Klopp succeeded Brendan Rodgers back in October, yet if the Reds fail to secure European football at Anfield for next season it may force the German playmaker to look elsewhere.

Arsenal would be the perfect place for Gotze to realise his potential and join the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo,  Messi and Neymar as one of the world’s elite. He would also be the perfect replacement for Ozil if the playmaker leaves the English game for the current European champions.

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