Sky Sports News reports that Arsene Wenger has finally dug through the dust surrounding his wallet and slapped in a club record transfer bid for the German international Mesut Ozil.
The Mail reported earlier that Ozil was cleared to join the Gunners, and it is well known that Real Madrid have too many players on their books for La Liga this season, and are expected to offload several more. The Spanish giants have already seen Kaka rejoin AC Milan and the rumour mill has Arsenal targeting two other Madrid players.
Ozil is an attacking midfielder, who helped Germany destroy England 4-1 in the 2010 world cup, however, Arsenal fans must be scratching their head wondering how exactly the squad needs another attacking midfielder. With Cazorla, Rosicky, Wilshire, Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain already at the club, and Walcott regularly playing as an attacking midfielder rather than striker, there is an abundance of talent already there. Who would miss out on a place, and why the need to replace them in the first place? Ozil is quality, of that there is no doubt, but is he £42million better than what exists already?
An out and out striker is surely more of a priority, incase the in-form Giroud picks up an injury, as is some defensive cover, the lack of which has seen Bacary Sagna play out of position as centerback, albeit with impressive confidence. Also, reports in Spain say Ozil does not want to leave Spain. Is this just another Wenger ploy, bidding for a player he knows is not going to come, to placate the fans who are baying for marquee signings.
We shall see soon enough.