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.