Arsenal have been linked with a move for German attacker Marco Reus but it seems any plan to sign the Dortmund forward have been shelved till next summer. Going into this transfer window, the Gunners were out to bolster their attack and they have gone a long way in achieving that by signing Barca forward Alexis Sanchez. After splashing out 32million pounds on the Chilean, it is unlikely that Wenger would sanction another big money move for another attacker. Sanchez is looking a sure starter on the wings and that is likely the position Reus would play if he signed and that puts in jeopardy Theo Walcott’s place in the team. He cannot play in the midfield where Ozil occupies the other role he would have taken neither do I think Wenger will bench Giroud which means Reus won’t be able to play as a striker that many of us see him as.
Another issue stalling any chance of landing Reus this summer is the likely transfer fee. Reus is one of Dortmund’s prized assets and he would certainly not be leaving on the cheap. Next summer, his release clause would be active and could be triggered by any interested party. Bayern might want to pounce but chances are rife that they won’t bother to pursue an interest in his direction because of surplus attackers. They currently have Lewandowski, Muller, Goetze and might just be adding Draxler to their ranks as there are chances that Schalke would offer the German to them.
United is another interested party but next season might be too late to land him. The Red Devils are in the market for a winger and have targeted a big money move for Real Madrid’s Argentine winger Angel Di Maria and should they land the former Benfica attacker, their eyes might just be off Reus next summer when he might be ripe for the taking.
For now, Arsenal doesn’t need him but next summer, the Gunners might just make do with a talented player like him. By next summer, Wenger might have to tinker with his attacking midfield area as key players like Rosicky and Cazorla would have grown older and it would make sense to consider replacing them. Cazorla could be cashed in on while Rosicky could be allowed to go. Reus is a perfect replacement for both men and much younger.
His versatility would come in handy at Arsenal as he could play on either wings, through the middle as a central attacking midfielder and up front as a second striker or even as a the arrowhead of the attack.
Arsenal now has money to spend and seems Wenger is ready to spend big every summer. Besides that, Arsenal’s partnership with Puma which also sponsors Reus could see the Gunners clinch his signing.
Finally, Wenger is building a colony of German top talents at the Emirates with Podolski, Mertesacker, Ozil already on the Gunners’ books, Reus might just be keen to join the German party at the Emirates.