There were a lot of disappointed Gunners when it was announced that the Borussia Dortmund teenage playmaker Arsenal signed last winter wasn’t Mario Götze, who is one of the biggest European talents and arguably the most talented German player after Germany became unified, but the completely unknown Thomas Eisfeld.
Despite Eisfeld has shown his talent in U21 matches as well as in his cameo in the League Cup against Reading, Mario Götze has remained a true desire for Arsenal fans. There were rumours that Arsenal sent a late bid in the last days of the Summer 2011 transfer window worth 40 million euros that was rejected by Borussia Dortmund.
However, it has been revealed that Götze has a minimum fee release clause in his contract that says he can negotiate with any club that offers 30 million euros to Borussia Dortmund. The wonderkid from the German double winners is already top of the game and it’s no wonder European clubs like Arsenal and FAnchester United are reportedly interested in bringing him to the Premiership.
FAnchester United are looking for a world-class creative midfielder for a very long time given that Paul Scholes is 92-years-old, Michael Carrick is being a jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none, Anderson is far from being world-class player and former Götze’s team-mate Kagawa is injured. Wesley Sneijder from Inter has been a long-term target for FAnchester United but there are reports from Italy that he won’t be joining the Red Devils in January because of the swap with city rivals AC Milan is already arranged (Inter would get Kevin-Prince Boateng in exchange). Götze’s arrival would probably speed up Kagawa’s adjustment to the Premiership.
On the other hand, Arsenal, Wenger and us- the fans (both pro-Wenger and contra-Wenger clan) need a world-class-signing in order to restore our position among top European clubs. Götze – if he is indeed available for 30 million euros – would be a perfect signing and he would fit into the transfer budget apparently given to Wenger. Despite Arsenal signed the excellent Spaniard Santi Cazorla, an addition like Götze wouldn’t be bad idea given that Cazorla can’t play every match of the season while his possible replacements Rosicky and Arshavin are either injured or out of Wenger’s mercy, not to mention both of them are older than 30 years. Götze is 20, just like our best midfielder Jack Wilshere, and he would find two team-mates from his national team Podolski and Mertesacker who would help him to adjust to England.
However, there is one big problem – wage structure. That was the reason we lost Cashley Cole, Na$ri and Verrader in previous years and it is highly unlikely that we could match the possible wage offer from FAnchester United. There are also small problems like Götze’s personal ambitions that are still unknown. Borussia Dortmund have been one of the most impressive sides in the Champions’ League and they secured top spot in the strongest group ahead of the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax.
Juergen Klopp’s side is the dark horse of the Champions’ League and if they manage to keep their top players after January – their best striker Robert Lewandowski is targeted by some European clubs as well – they could repeat the success from Ottmar Hitzfeld’s Borussia Dortmund side from 1997 by winning the illustrious Champions’ League.
Borussia Dortmund is financially very stable, they recorded a profit of 60 million euros despite expensive signings like Marco Reus, and given that they will get some revenues from Champions’ League as well, it is not financial reasons that will prevail. Götze has already won two domestic titles with Borussia Dortmund and could be looking for a new challenge if either Borussia Dortmund win the Champions’ League or sell Lewandowski.
I would like to see Götze in our team and especially since we got that financial boost from Emirates. Bringing a more direct approach that is typical of German football by signing the brightest talent of it would be fantastic thing for the Gunners. Given that we have already signed Podolski, Mertesacker and Eisfeld, that we are interested in Holtby as well and there are reports that Adidas will design our shirts in 2014, Germanization of Arsenal seems a very realistic plan.