Arsenal Enter Race to Sign Box-to-box Midfielder
Arsenal are reportedly ready to enter the race for the signature of highly-rated Schalke 04 and German international midfielder Leon Goretzka. The 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup winner was linked with a move to the Gunners back in June but it all died down with many thinking Arsène Wenger was prepared to give Jack Wilshere another chance in the first team.
However, reports have emerged over the last few days suggesting that Wilshere could be sold this summer as he has not been given a new contract offer by Arsenal. And with Santi Cazorla both ageing and having injury problems over the past two seasons, it is easy to see why Wenger may be interested in Leon Goretzka. The Gunners won’t be able to make a move without stiff competition though as the 22-year-old has also been linked with Liverpool, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
Arsenal have already signed Sead Kolašinac on a free transfer from Schalke this summer and with Goretzka refusing to sign a new contract so far, it woudl not be a surprise if the German club decide to sell him rather than risk losing him on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer.
The box-to-box midfielder has emerged as one of the best in his position over the past few seasons, and should he sign for Arsenal, he would certainly be capable of forming a formidable partnership with Granit Xhaka in the North London club’s midfield.
Wenger’s first priority does appears to be agreeing a deal with AS for Thomas Lemar, though the French champions are refusing to sell the highly-rated youngster at the moment. Lemar plays mainly as a winger but he is capable of playing the Santi Cazorla role as well. It is my personal belief that Wenger won’t sign another central midfielder if he gets Lemar first, especially as he also has Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey all at the club.
Should Arsène Wenger want both Lemar and Goretzka Arsenal will need to be at their best in persuading the player to join as the competition for his service is fierce if the report in the Express is to be believed.