Emirates Stadium boss scouting youthful talents.
Reports emerging from Germany suggest that Arsene Wenger has sent an army of scouts to monitor three midfield talents who have been hugely impressive this term.
Chief among the targets is Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze, a German international regular and a Bundesliga title winner and still just 19 years of age. The young goal-scoring midfielder was instrumental in helping his side to the title last term, notching up 12 assists and eight goals in the 41 appearances he made last term.
This season he has got off to a flyer and on the weekend scored the winner as Dortmund beat leaders Bayern Munich in their own back yard. A number of sides are said to be keen on the youngster, with Real Madrid and Man United primed and ready to make offers of around £25m for the teenager
Wenger has also apparently taken a shine to Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler who is on the verge of securing his first full national team cap after maturing into a talented battler who at 18 is already head and shoulders above his German Under 21 counter-parts.
The Gunners boss is keen to bring in more steel and determination to his midfield to add protection for the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta, all relatively light weight performers. Wenger does have the likes of Alex Song, who has improved immeasurably over the past 18 month, and youngster Emmanuel Frimpong who is perhaps still too raw to be considered a first team regular.
The third of this trio who has turned Wenger’s head of late is Marco Reus, an adaptable attacker who has been in great form this season. The 22 year old Borussia Monchengladbach man has scored 11 goals in 14 matches this season and has earned a call up by Joachim Low as a result.
Arsenal scouts were said to be in the stands over the weekend when Reus scored a tremendous hat-trick against Werder Bremen. Some see Reus as the type of player who can offer Robin Van Persie able support up front and the Dortmund born starlet can also play in the hole behind the striker, in a type of Dennis Bergkamp role.
Though Arsene Wenger is known for being a manager who doesn’t like to splash the cash he is also the spotter of young talent and may therefore be willing to pay the price for one or two of these three hot prospects. Whether a January bid is on the cards is another matter but there is no doubting that this current campaign may become a crucial one for both club and boss and a top four finish is imperative and a summer spending spree to help boost the club’s squad may be a distinct possibility.