Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Arsenal miss out on one German giant Reus + News on Podolski

With Arsenal's tiring depleted squad in dire need of reinforcements we need to step up our transfer negotiations to secure the talents we need. The African Nations Cup is yet to take it's toll either, although Gervinho is set to leave the squad before the Leeds game, whilst we wait for news on Chamakh.

The signing of the King, Thierry Henry, will do wonders for team spirit and hopefully our former talisman and captain can ignite a decent run of form during the 2 months he is here. Whilst his pin point accuracy will help in front of goal, we must remember he is a stop gap signing and nothing more. And more permanent attacking talent needs to be secured too.

However, it does seem that we have missed out on one of our most mooted targets, Marco Reus of Borussia Munchengladbach. The young German has been sensational this season, switching between the forward and wide positions with infinite ease and scoring many goals in the process.

The 22 year old had even been linked with Real Madrid, but it seems everyone has missed out with the 3 time German International set to join his native champions Borrusia Dortmund after his 17.5 million Euro minimum fee release clause was activated. It seems that he was unwilling to leave his German homeland, and his choice was between Dortmund and Bayern, but the former Dortmund youth team member opted to join Jurgen Klopp's side. Reus will not link up with his new team until the end of the season though, and could possibly be an attacking replacement for their "little Messi" Mario Gotze, who has also been link with us.

On to the other German giant that we have been linked with on numerous occasions. Lukas Podolski. Regarding Lukas we have heard everything before. First it was tied up, then it was never on in the first place,  and so on and so forth. But what is true is that we have scouted him and have an interest in the player whose contract is set to expire next summer.

The German international can play both out wide and up front so would help immensely with our lack of depth, and won't have to start on the bench. With 14 goals in 18 matches he has been in lightening form this year, equalling his tally of last season and his highest in Germany's top flight. Even his compatriot Mertesacker has spoken favourably about him, and the best thing is that Lukas is not cup tied in the Champions League, or has a massive price tag over his head.

The latest news a few days ago was that Podolski would wait till the summer until and deal to leave his home town of Cologne was made. His agent, Kon Schramm, is said to have told the Guardian that a move in the Bundesliga's winter break is, "all but impossible" as the Polish born German International has set his sights on Euro 2012.

Podolski himself has said:

"I have always said that I have not been dictated by the pressures of time when deciding my future. I believe that I will see everything in the summer."

"With Cologne, I hope to get as high as possible. I want to exceed the number of goals I scored last season. With the national team, I want to play in the European Championship in Poland, my homeland. We are among the favourites and our dream is to win the trophy. We cannot hide."

There have been recent developments today though. The news from Bild in Germany is that Podolski's contract negotiations have yet again stalled. This could signal a quick fire exit from Cologne, especially if Arsenal can give them a tempting offer.

Talks are said to have took place 'in a positive and constructive atmosphere' according to Cologne, although Podolski's request for more time could tempt Wenger into renewing his interest in the £15million star. Hopefully this is the case as the result against Fulham only highlighted the lack of depth in our squad.

You get the sense that this story is not finished yet. More to follow.

1 comment:

  1. Also this only highlights what crap our players are we have so much dead wood impatient wingers that can't score. Walcott is 22 yet if he is the future of england where are his 14 goals for the season? Why did we buy Park? WE obviously need another striker so we bought him yet he does not play if he is not good enough they why buy him? it is not like we are scoring off the charts with the players out there so He can't be any worse Wenger Stop buying players that can;t even make the first team I would rather buy no one then pay a salary for a player that does not even make your subs list never mind a first team start. And STOP playing Arshavin for Gervinho Arshavin should play in the center behind RVP he may look lazy out there and I know he is no fan fav at the moment but I would favor his chances to finish in front of goal or to make the right pass to RVP then any of our other Mids as the moment Ramsey works VERY HARD but he shoots like crap ether right at the keeper or scuffs it . I see WHY he is playing in that role we need him because the back line sucks and we can't afford a player like arshavin in that role she we don't have he ball but when we do Arshavin has the skill if he could only get a chance to play his true position