Arsenal lining-up £27m bid for striker, as chief confirms future is uncertain

Mario Gotze

Arsenal are leading the race to sign unsettled Bayern Munich playmaker Mario Gotze this summer, the Gunners are reported to be lining up a £27m bid for the German international, according to the reports from Spain via Daily Star.

Gotze has found it difficult to establish himself at Bayern and is expected to leave the Bundesliga outfit this summer following his move from Borussia Dortmund in 2013 with the player making just 11 league starts last season.

All this has led to speculation that Gotze might be heading to the Premier League and the reports from Daily Star via Mundo Deportivo claims that Arsenal are leading the chase to sign the German international.

The 24-year-old ace earlier claimed that he is willing to stay at the Allianz stadium and fight for his future under new boss Carlo Ancelotti, but Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge suggested that the German International should consider a move as he’s unlikely to be a regular next season. He said:

“He knows what the club thinks and what the new coach thinks. Mario has to evaluate for himself whether he wants to play constantly.” Rummenigge is quoted as saying by the Star

Mundo Deportivo even suggested that Bayern are so desperate to get Gotze’s wages off their books, they are even ready to cut him out of their Champions League squad for next term in order to force him out of the team.

We can’t predict the credibility of the report but it is wondering why Bayern would treat the player who helped Germany win the World Cup not too long ago that way, but it will be positive news for the Gunners fans, as Bayern are willing to sell.

These reports are coming not long after the Sun reported that Arsenal are to offer a formal £27m bid for the German attacker and I think Bayern would welcome such offer.

With the move for Henrikh Mkhitaryan looking increasingly uncertain following his agent’s recent comments claiming the player is set to choose Man Utd ahead of Arsenal, it seems Wenger will have to turn his attention to Gotze and I think Gotze will be a good signing for the Gunners.

Another attacker is expected to come in as Theo Walcott is expected to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer and Gotze will be a great signing. If he does end up at the Emirates he will join the attack alongside Ozil and Sanchez which in itself should scare plenty of teams.

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    1. Mario gotze and Chamberlain who is better ? Please sell Walcott and Chuba akpom then buy aubemayang or lewandawski.

      • Lewandowski isn’t available for any price Arsenal would be willing to pay and Aubameyang probably isn’t either. Even if Aubameyang is available for a price, Real Madrid, Man U, Chelsea, and Man City are all in the market for strikers. Arsenal would be more attractive than either Man City or Chelsea as Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa are established at those clubs and Aubameyang would have to unseat them or compete with them for minutes.

        If Man U really do sign Ibrahimovic then it wouldn’t make sense for Aubameyang to sign there as Mourinho is noted for his short bench and the use of very few players and Zlatan doesn’t like to share time. With Martial and Rashford in place, Man U would be a risky destination for a player who would be settling in to a new league. If, however, Ibra doesn’t sign for Man U that changes a lot. The Devils have deeper pockets and a desperate need for a true #9.

        Real Madrid is the real wild card. They will probably try to off load Benzema who’s off field antics can’t be pleasing to the mandarins in Madrid. They are reportedly bringing Morata back into the team, but maybe only to fund a move for a bigger star, though how Morata is worth 40 million euros (or more) defies explanation. His best season he scored 11 league goals for Juventus. As Real paid 25 million or so to buy him back, that number suggests he’s back in Madrid to play the #9 or perhaps to push Benzema for the starting job.

        There aren’t really a lot of established scorers available at the moment and even fewer that make sense for Real. Higuain played for them already, Cavani’s not going anywhere, ditto for Lewandowski. Griezeman could be a target but he plays on the wing for the most part. Paulo Dybala from Juventus could be a target, as could Romelu Lukaku; but Aubameyang is the most obvious of the young, rising, and prolific potential strikers the club might target.

        The pool of players Arsenal can target is pretty small. The new strikers must;

        1. Be better than Walcott or Welbeck
        2. At least in Olivier Giroud’s league
        3. Have the potential to out do Giroud or at least push him for the starting job
        4. Be obtainable

        The list is a small one. Vardy they tried and he stayed. That transfer never seemed likely. He is the face of the club’s success, to let him go would likely trigger an avalanche of talent leaving.

        1. Romelu Lukaku,
        2. Javier Hernandez
        3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
        4. Paolo Dybala
        5. Alexandre Lacazette

        Six names. That’s not a lot and all four are under contract for more than one year. So all of these players will cost a lot of money and play key roles for their current clubs. You can write the headlines now; Arsene Wenger fails… Arsenal let ??? slip through their fingers… Gunner’s blunder striker signing…

        All lies of course, but that won’t prevent papers and websites from writing the headlines. The truth is, elite players who can improve a club like Arsenal are notoriously rare and notoriously difficult to pry away form their clubs.

        There are other players who might be available. Players with flaws, players who need another chance, players who might be converted into strikers.

        Marco Reus – injury prone, primarily a winger, but a deadly scorer on his day.
        Daniel Sturridge – deadly when fit, rarely fit.
        Christian Benteke – not a top, top man but good in the air, powerful, and scores in bunches when he’s on a hot streak. Goes cold a lot.
        Mario Balotelli – Bad boy, big ego, uneven performance. Undeniable talent but a suspect work ethic and a history of mental fragility. With the vicious, unwelcoming nature of Arsenal fans, a non-starter.
        Zlatan Ibrahimovic – old, world class, toxic, brilliant, outspoken, unique. All sorts of words describe the Swede, some good, some not so good.
        Mario Goetze – unwanted at Bayern, slow, more playmaker than striker, but scores a lot of goals considering where he usually plays. Could he adapt to a more Giroud-like role?
        Antoine Griezman – The French winger could follow in Thierry Henry’s footsteps but he’s muh sought after. A hard man to sign.

    2. This is ridiculous! Has Wenger watched Gotze play the false number 9 at the Euro’s? He’s a good player but not as Arsenals main centre foward.