Sitting at the pool checking Arsenal news and drinking some cocktails is quite relaxing to be honest. Anyway let’s get back to this weeks Doppelpass feature.
The transfer rumours are flowing and Arsenal are right in the middle of it. From Gonzalo Higuain to Clement Grenier. But what has been happening on the German market during the past week?
We’ve seen a Bayern Munich side that has captured the triple courtesy of goals from a certain Mario Gomez. With a deal for Robert Lewandowski close, Munich are looking to offload the striker at the best possible price. And Gomez himself is rumoured to have said he will leave Munich this summer. A plausible move as Mario Mandzukic is clearly ahead of him and the Claudio Pizzaro deal seems to be renewed for another year.
Gomez is a fox in the box at its best. He’s scored about 113 goals in his spell at Munich. He’s not the kind of striker who loves to be involved in defensive work or holding the ball up front. But he knows where to run to score goals and that’s what counts in the end. At the moment Arsenal haven’t been involved in negotiations as far as we know but in my opinion they should be. A deal of around £17m is rumoured to be enough to get the German international and compared to the £25m Fiorentina want for Stevan Jovetic, I would prefer the German. Although we might be looking at a striker who’s more mobile, Gomez could be the goal machine we have lacked over the past few seasons.
As things stand Napoli seem to be in pole position which makes sense as they probably lose Edinson Cavani this summer and want to have a quality replacement in place first. But I’m sure Gomez wouldn’t mind playing in the Premier League.
Some asked about a possible move for Andre Schürrle even though a deal with Chelsea is pretty much agreed. Stupid question one would think. But with the key factor Kevin de Bruyne being keen to head to Dortmund, the deal could possibly still break down. Personally I think Chelsea will get their man as they won’t let a player dictate their transfer plans. But I will monitor the situation closely.
With the attention on Bayer Leverkusen I may point out again that we are not close to sign Lars Bender as many people tweet me on that. I wrote a piece on him a few weeks ago on here plus some posts over at my main germangunners blog. The information written there is still status quo. I’ll let you know if I get any new info.
Everywhere else, it’s still a bit quiet on the German market regarding Arsenal targets. We’ve seen a lot debutants in this week’s international friendlies such as Sidney Sam and Max Kruse and many have said why not place a bid and take a risk. But many forget that both need to get used to international level first before taking the step to Premier League level. Arsenal need players with experience, players that can push you to championships. And debutants don’t have that status even if the get a chance in Germany’s national team.
That’s it for me this week. Enjoy the rest of the week. I certainly will. Time to put some sun blocker on. Follow me on twitter.