Beyond the pre-Champions League bromance between Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp which we’ve become used to, there seems to be a keen liking at Arsenal for Borussia Dortmund players. After being linked with their best player – Reus, Hummels, Gundogan – Wenger has now made a bid for another one of the Klopp gang, this time versatile defender/midfielder, Kevin Großkreutz.
The Daily Star say a bid of about £3.7 million has been lodged at Dortmund to bring the 26-year old to the Emirates this winter, as Wenger wishes to make his side strong perfect for the run in.
He has been a regular for Dortmund over the years but with eighteen months before his contract runs down, the German International may be open to a new adventure away from the former BundesLiga Champions and the Emirates should appeal to him as he is apparently a boyhood Arsenal fan.
Many Gooners will remember him last season for providing that cross which Lewandowski scored in the dying minutes of the Champions League group game at the Emirates, but he is much more than just a ball-crossing right back. Klopp has used him in midfield, both defensive and in box-to-box roles and he has even played a part of an attacking trio.
It will be hard to expect Dortmund to sell him at this time when their main focus is to resurrect what has so far been a rather forgettable first half of the season.
Die Borussien remain level on points and goal difference with Freiburg at the very bottom of the Bundesliga standings and Klopp surely would want to have everyone at his disposal to prosecute the monumental turnaround required. They are 12 points away from 4th placed Borussia Monchengladbach in the final Champions League spot and Klopp has already sent out a message that anyone who leaves because of a lack of Champions League for one season would go down in his estimation.
Wenger, though, is interested in sustaining a challenge on the top four in England and will employ every means that will add strength of character and experience to see out the challenge to the end. The offer of a new contract to Francis Coquelin as well as the signing of Krystian Bielik looks as though Le Prof has taken steps to institute insurance for the future of the Arsenal midfield.
Yet, a 26-year old Großkreutz can step in to put a firm foot in the flickering situation at right back. Debuchy’s second injury means Wenger will cast his seeds into teenage fields for the most part of the remaining season and though both Bellerin and Chambers should be capable of learning from the experience, it may suit the team better to have a more mature head to compliment elders Koscielny and Mertesacker.
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