Arsenal’s transfer targets are not averse to bearing their minds on their feelings about being linked with us, as we’ve heard from a few already.
The German duo of Mats Hummels and Antonio Rudiger have aired their views on potentially turning up at the Emirates but the opinion of another German may not go down well with every gooner who’ve expected us to land a top class defensive midfielder.
Sami Khedira basically, wants to stay on at Real Madrid, at least that would be the most direct thing to construe from his recent remark on his protracted contract situation at the Bernabeu.
Khedira’s contract runs out at the end of the season and there has been a lag in reaching an agreement between both parties, creating a queue of interested suitors waiting to pounce in January, Arsenal being one of those.
Madrid stand the risk of losing him for nothing if a pre-contract agreement were to be agreed with us, but the player apparently harbors some hope of tying himself to the European Champions even beyond the summer..
“If we can reach a solution, I’ll be very happy,”
“I’m confident that soon I will get more of a chance to play” Khedira said.
“There are other players in my position but that competition is healthy”
German teammate, Toni Kross and former Spurs man, Luka Modric, have been the 27-year old’s major competitors in Ancelotti’s midfield this season, but he appears to not be trusted much by the ex-Chelsea boss as Isco has been used in central midfield in Modric’s absence, casting doubts over Khedira’s role in the team.
Maybe he is not a defensive midfield destroyer in the real sense of the word, but the majority of us would still be desperate for Khedira to be available for us. He’ll bring a much needed solidity to the Arsenal midfield, giving it a spine and reliable pivot which every team must have to be balanced and well structured to challenge for trophies.
The current set up at Madrid, which does not use him, involves an understanding between Kroos and Isco to employ their highly technical abilities to handle the ball well enough not to invite pressure on the back four and in the World Cup winning player, we have one who would give us both the physical shield we need as well as top class quality and experience.
Knowing Florentino Perez’s insatiable taste for reviewing the commercial value of his players and will likely buy another midfielder when the summer window opens, a move that would put Khedira further down the rankings. Shame he’s not taking the way out to keep his career up and going. Wenger will certainly be still interested, as he was during the World Cup.
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