Arsenal are still searching for a good defensive midfielder to help solve their defensive woes. While the team have been linked to several men over the past two years, a move has never materialised for any of them, and Arsene Wenger has never addressed the issue directly.
However, according to the latest reports, Arsenal have been involved in heavy negotiations with Real Madrid and have agreed to a deal in principle for their out-of-favour German man, Sami Khedira. The German midfielder was sidelined for a large part of the last season with injury, but was played in the World Cup by his national side.
Now in the final year of his contract, Real want to offload the player before he becomes a free agent in the summer. As such, Arsenal are the ideal buyers, desperately in need of a defensive midfielder. At a price of £11 million, this a deal that Wenger should try his best to complete. The only potential hiccup is from Bayern, who it is rumoured are willing to offer Khedira very lucrative terms if he is willing to become a free agent.
Style of Play and Stats:
Khedira is a dynamic midfielder with great aerial ability. He is tireless and capable of quickly tracking back after attacks. He has a strong tackle, and can recover the ball in tough situations when played as a defensive midfielder. Also, in periods of sustained pressure, he can come up to join the attack with his passing ability and a strong shooting foot. As demonstrated with Germany in the World Cup, he is great both going forward and standing back.
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Should We Buy?
Yes, without a doubt. The hole in the defensive midfield has been leaking goals for ages and Wenger desperately needs someone to fill that void and marshal the team’s defence, especially since we are so short staffed at the back. The German man has experience playing at the highest level for both club and country, and is a definite purchase; even before his price tag of just £11 million is taken into account. Buy, Wenger, buy!