Gunners are now concentrating solely on the German market for their next phase of recruitment.
Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger is interested in signing highly-rated Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
The Frenchman is now understood to be solely concentrating on the recruitment of German players going forward, with the north London club having recently splashed out a club-record fee of £42.4m in order to bring coveted Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil to the Emirates on transfer deadline day.
And the 24-year-old could join his fellow countrymen Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Serge Gnabry at Arsenal, with all three of those players having arrived in the capital from Bundesliga clubs Werder Bremen, Cologne and Stuttgart respectively in recent seasons, while 16-year-old wonder-kid Gedion Zelalem is also a German national.
However, next on the Gunners’ wish list is believed to be Dortmund star Reus, who has been with the Bundesliga giants since January 2012, when the 24-year-old signed from fellow German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach on a five-year deal at a cost of 17.1m euros.
And in the intervening 18-month period, Reus has managed to find the back of the net on 23 occasions in total in his 53 matches in all competitions for the club, including 15 strikes in his 36 league outings.
But with a contract at Dortmund which runs until 2017, Wenger and Arsenal know that Reus will not come cheap.