Arsenal gunning for Gotze

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Mario Gotze will aim to dazzle fans at the Emirates in tonight’s Champions League clash, possibly giving Arsenal supporters a taste of the future as rumours suggest that the Dortmund star may be in line for a January transfer.

The 19-year-old midfielder has already impressed a host of top European clubs. But it seems that his performance in the reverse group stage fixture, a 1-1 draw, made a lasting impression on Arsene Wenger.

Whether the Arsenal manager has been impressed enough to finally bring out his wallet and match the rumoured £30m asking price is yet to be seen.

Gotze, who scored the only goal in Dortmund’s 1-0 victory against Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday, is being monitored by Europe’s top clubs. But Arsenal appear to be leading the pack in terms of a transfer, with Real Madrid and Bayern close behind.

Technically gifted and incredibly fast, Gotze could be the man to replace Samir Nasri, or even Cesc Fabregas. But, as always with Wenger, the money involved could prove to be a step too far.

The player himself has also stated that he is more than happy to stay at Dortmund, at least until his contract runs out in 2014. But he has also expressed his wish to continue playing in the Champions League, and with Dortmund’s erratic form he made be tempted elsewhere. Whether Arsenal offer a more secure route to Champions League football is highly debatable, and the young German may be tempted to stay in his homeland and join the superstars of Bayern.

Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has vehemently denied that there is any chance of Gotze leaving in January, stating: “Nobody buys a player from Borussia Dortmund just like that. Not even Arsenal.”

Wenger has been in a typically philosophical mood when asked about Gotze. He said: “We have a big squad and we are not after anybody.

“Gotze is a very good player. I can understand there is a lot of interest in him around Europe.

“On our side, I do not think this is the best time to talk about it. We play against Dortmund on Wednesday and we must concentrate on the game, not transfers.”

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  • Mystical Mike

    This kid is absolute class, a more attacking version of Wilshire, Wenger needs to sign him in jan before the big boys come sniffing

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