Could these be the next 2 German internationals at Arsenal?

For the last few years, there has been a lot of talk in the football world about Germany, and the Arsenal manager certainly seems to have taken it on board. Arsene Wenger has just made Mesut Ozil the third German international player at the club, alongside Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, and there could soon be more on the way.

Arsenal already have the young German starlets, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Eisfeld, Gedion Zelalem and Leander Siemann, but according to a report in The Mirror, Wenger is not prepared to wait for them to mature, but is planning a double raid on the Bundesliga, possibly in January. The two players in question are 22-year old Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund and 24-year old Lars Bender from Bayer Leverkusen.

Both of these midfielders are highly rated, but would be difficult to get from their respective clubs. Gundogan, like Ozil, is from Gelsenkirchen and is of Turkish descent. He is a creative player, but more of a deep lying playmaker, the kind of role that Arteta currently provides. Bender, on the other hand, is better known for his defensive qualities and tireless work rate in the middle.

The paper also claims that Wenger could be interested in Marco Reus and Julian Draxler, who are more attacking players. It certainly seems that Arsenal could be shopping a lot more in Germany in future.

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41 thoughts on “Could these be the next 2 German internationals at Arsenal?

  1. funkyrith

    Scouting both does not mean we will buy both, we will try get 1 player I guess, because striker will be the highest priority when next window arrives

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    1. karansagar

      I do not think Dortmund would sell Gundongan. But Bender might be possible.
      But i think Wenger would test out Frimpong and Coquelin (on loan) this year. If they don’t come out good then they might be on their way out in the next summer and make way for another good CDM.
      This would be a make or break season for youngsters like Frimpong, Miquel, Coquelin and Ryo. Hope they all come out well.

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  2. cembo

    Looks good. hope we sing atleast 2of them. Reus and Gundogan.
    We really are showing ambitions, that’s a good step for any gunners.

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    1. Incarnate

      Arsenal fans, we like things, don’t we? Oliver Twist kinda fans we are LOL.

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  3. T-shirt

    its time to recruit more english talents,
    why are we linked to everyone? its because arsenal has a huge fanbase,and the highest number of dedicated blogs to its name,so these blogs,sites,papers, tap into this opportunity by writing anything about the gunners

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  4. AFC_Gunner

    Our midfield is fine – how about a defender and another striker?

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    1. cembo

      A good deffence with out mifield is crap.
      So miffield first than deffence. how it works in fotball book;)

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  5. T-shirt

    why not push walcott to the striking department,and use those young lads there, chamberlain miyaichi gnabry can all play that wing and are more skilful than walcott.

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  6. arsenal forever

    if we want champion league title so why not ?lets bring all talented German players

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  7. jaws09

    We are crying out for a striker and a centre back

    Every team needs 4 centre backs, if we really are going to use Sagna there who has done fantastic then we need to stop playing him at right back and buy a new right back.

    In January it’s Suarez/Benteke/Michu as the striker and Williams/Richards as the centre or right back

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  8. ryzahlic

    then how about Wilshere’s and Ramsey’s role in the team ?
    isn’t the long term deal they signed means that Wenger will make team around them ?

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  9. el gooneraldo

    Lets get Reus in, play him on the right instead of Walcott, midfield of Cazorla, Ozil and Reus playing in front of Wilshere/Flamini or Ramsey/Arteta…yum yum.

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  10. T-shirt

    rumours have it that wenger is about signing a free agent striker.
    giroud is the typical striker we just need,he now wins his aerial duels and his linkup play has improved tremendously,he has added some creativity to his play now, have you noticed giroud-szceny(pardon) partnership,the keeper strikes the ball to giroud and he controls it and connects a teammate,(a counter has just begun). it worked so far and adds a new dimension to our game.

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  11. el gooneraldo

    Please watch “spurs boardroom find out ozil has joined Arsenal” on youtube, and prepare to wet your pants with laughter, this has made my day already!!!!

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    1. Gundam

      Funny… but annoys the hell out of me, using a quality movie like that for a joke.

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  12. Goonsquad8

    dont see wenger buying gundogan we got to many players in that position but i definitely think we need to get bender for next season.

    Arteta will be 32 and flamini will be 30 i say bring bender in next summer and let him get accustomed to english football slowly then take over the reins from arteta and flamini.

    Any midfield of bender,ramsey,wilshere,cazorla, ozil, arteta would be crazy. We would dominate anyone

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  13. permagooner

    either create a striker now by converting a midfielder or get a striker in January

    bottom line: NEED ONE MORE STRIKER – even when Poldi is healthy.

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  14. Manofsteel

    Isn’t Gundagon a very much similar type of player as Jack Wilshere?…and bringing him 2 arsenal, will that not hinder Jack Wilshere’s chances of securing a 1st team starting spot?

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  15. Bergkamp10

    We dont need any more midfielders, that is sorted.

    Need a world class striker and a couple of defenders IMO

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  16. leo

    cipran marcia’s agent tells media: “He’s close to joining Arsenal” would rather have him than park or bendtner

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  17. Sumo

    I want Mat Hummels. He is a classy defender. And very young too.
    But things dont depend on what we want. Sad but true.

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    1. ahappygunner

      The only blame can is on himself not wenger. He always seemed to do the hardwork then to balls it up at the end.

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    1. leo

      @T-shirt last played for schalke yeah is seen as a striker but given the back up options he could be an option maybe short term & hope in jan we can get a big name like rooney/suarez

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  18. Gooner Cape Town

    Strength appears to be in Germany now. So Wenger get act together (again) and bring us 2 more top signings in Jan. Striker and Defender.

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  19. ergs

    I think we should buy Tom Ince we could get him for around £7 million he’s English to we need a wide man.

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  20. Wazzzimbo

    Buy Marco Reus, and then use Podolski as a backup striker – simple.

    GK: Szczesney/Viviano/Fabianski
    CB: Koscielney/Mertesacker/Vermaelan/(Sagna)
    LB: Gibbs/Monreal/(Vermaelan)
    RB: Sagna/Jenkinson/(Flamini)
    CDM: Arteta/Flamini/Diaby/Frimpong
    CM: Ramsey/Wilshere/Zelalem
    CAM: Ozil/Cazorla/Rosicky
    LW: Reus/Miyaichi/(Podolski)/(Cazorla)
    RW: Walcott/Chamerlain/Gnabry
    ST: Giroud/Podolski/Bendtner/Sanogo

    Brackets obviously meaning players that can also play in that position. Adding Reus alone will give us plenty of options, as he can also play on the right. Highly doubt he’d join, but if Dortmund (for whatever reason) start to fall apart, he may just consider it.

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  21. Ks-Gunner

    i dont think that other teams will be sitting on the corner allowing us to sighn all those classy players….

    there are plenty quelety strikers around….only the money must be right….but watching arsenal breaking the clubs record for ozil makes me think that we wont see such a move any time soon again….

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  22. Simon_MrMac

    On first look Arsenal look like they are drastically short on numbers, but if you investigate more deeply- its not as bad as you might think…

    If Giroud injured =
    - Play Podalski upfront / Rosicky on left to cover
    - Or Walcott upfront, Oxlade to cover on right
    - and we still have Bentner and Sonago as cover
    - see not as bad as you thought right!

    If Koscielny out =
    - Vermalen covers
    - then Sagna, Jenkinson covers
    - then Flamini
    - then Artetta
    - I know not perfect, personally I think Sagna is better than Merts, so I’d buy a right back. But we can still field a strong team

    All other positions are well covered

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    1. sollygunner

      what your forgetting is that poldi and ox could be out for 3 – 5 months or so ,,

      so if giroud gets injured soon then we are screwed

      what i think we would do is put walcott up front and rosiky on the right wing

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