On the face of it this seems like a brilliant deal for Arsenal and one that is right up the street of the financially careful Arsene Wenger. And if the report in The Mirror is right and it was the Gunners that made the first move and asked Valencia about the availability of their centre back Shkodran Mustafi then our manager must rate him as a player that could fill the gap left by the long term injury to Per Mertesacker.
With no Arsenal games for the next few months, we can at least console ourselves by watching some of our best players performing at the Euro2016 tournament in France this summer. I have been looking around at some good bets to give us an interest in the competition while keeping an eye on the form of our Gunners.
If Arsenal are going to build on the success of last year, with an FA cup to end the trophy drought and a prolonged spell at the top of the Premier League table, we are going to need our key Gunners to perform at the top of their game. A few less injuries would help as well, of course.
So the form of Mesut Ozil could be crucial as to whether we Arsenal lifting more silverware this season or not. The Ozil who looked tired and dispirited midway through last season is not going to help us much, which is why it was great to see the German playmaker put on a much better showing at the Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro last night.
If Arsene Wenger was looking for any help as to whether he should step up Arsenal’s transfer interest if the Real Madrid star Sami Khedira, last night’s unbelievable demolition of the host nation Brazil by Germany, in the most one-sided World Cup semi-final ever, should have made his mind up.
Some football pundits have suggested that signing Khedira would have an added bonus, as well as Arsenal getting a top quality central midfielder, who at 25-years old is just approaching his peak years, the fact that Khedira is a close friend and international team mate of our German star Mesut Ozil, would help to bring the best out of him.
There are a number of players being linked with Arsenal Football Club for that troublesome defensive midfield role, and one of those who the Arsenal fans seem most keen on is the Germany international Sami Khedira. But the 27-year old did nothing to enhance his chances of drawing a transfer bid from Arsene Wenger with last night’s display at the World Cup finals.
The Real Madrid midfielder has recovered from his cruciate ligament in the nick of time to join the Arsenal trio of Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and his good friend Mesut Ozil. After the first group game, Germany were looking like a good bet to lift the trophy, but last night they toiled against a hard working and determined Ghana side.
The Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has just played his first competitive game since injuring himself in February, and it ended in a 5-3 defeat for Germany at the hands of European minnows Switzerland, but the big centre-back thinks that the team will be back on Song by the time the tournament proper comes along.
“Yesterday was very disappointing for us but we’re looking forward to the tournament,” he told Sky Sports News.
“It’s in two weeks and we’ll be in good shape I think.”
Germany have been drawn into the “Group of Death” at Euro 2012 against Portugal, Denmark and the Netherlands, but Mertesacker is not unduly worried.
Arsene Wenger is trying hard to get Robin Van Persie to sign a contract extension at Arsenal this summer, and other than making sure of Third Place in the Premiership, Wenger has also dipped into the roulette wheel of the transfer market and came up with Lukas Podolski who he hopes will also prove to Van Persie that Arsenal are ambitious for next season.
The Flying Dutchman seems suitably happy with the move. He said: “I’m really happy – he’s a very mature player who has played 95 games for Germany. That tells you plenty, because they have a world-class side.
It has been Arsenal’s worst-kept secret for the last few months that they had secured the services of Lukas Podolski for next season, but the player himself is just as happy to be joining the mighty Gunners!
Podolski said: “I’m so happy to be joining Arsenal Football Club and to play in the Premier League. Arsenal is one of the top clubs in Europe with a huge history. There are many top quality players at Arsenal and the style of football which the team plays is fantastic. I’m proud to become an Arsenal player and am looking forward to playing my first match at Emirates Stadium and doing my best for all the Arsenal fans.
It is being reported today that Arsenal and Koln have finalized the transfer of Lukas Podolski to the Emirates as the German international hitman doesn’t want to interupt his preparations for the Euros.
The headline in today’s Mirror certainly makes it sound like a done deal. It read: Arsenal clinch £10m signing of German striker Podolski, A fee of £10million has been agreed with FC Koln and Podolski will sign a five-year contract at around £80,000 a week. A national paper doesn’t usually make statements like that unless they are certain that they know the facts.
There are an amazing amount of Arsenal transfer rumours floating around considering that there is still three months left until the end of the season, and it seems clear that Wenger is concentrating on bringing players over here from the Bundesliga.
Perhaps it was Germany’s performances in the World Cup that persuaded Wenger to move his centre of scouting operations to the Motherland, but whatever the reason it seems to be a shift in his thinking away from the weaker Ligue 1 and over to the (much) stronger German League.