The winning goal at the World Cup in Brazil came via the boots of a player that could easily have ended up as an Arsenal player. And yet can still end up as a player at Arsenal. Prior to his £31.5 million move to Bayern Munich before the beginning of last summer, a move that triggered the release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract, Arsenal were seriously linked the German midfielder Mario Goetze.
According to reports, he could easily have ended up at the Emirates long before his move to the Allianz Arena happened. The report claims that the German would have preferred a move to the Emirates over any other club for the main reason that he likes the way Arsenal play.
Now that he is now in the books of Bayern Munich, could he still end up at Arsenal?
The question on the availability of the 22 year old might likely be a straight up not possible from the lips of many, but following the move of Toni Kroos to Real Madrid, and the fact that Mario Goetze was mostly a bit part player last season, he could join the list of players that are transferable not because they are not needed, but for lack of playing opportunities.
Added to that, his similarity in style to Marcos Rues who Arsenal has pursued in the past makes a look in very much possible. He can also play as a striker at the tip of a formation that seeks to draw out the defenders of opposing teams out of position.
Although, it must be said that the goal he scored at the World Cup must have increased his stock immeasurably, that it would take an astronomical bid to pull him out from Bavaria. Besides, Arsenal’s signing of Alexis Sanchez who can play in the roles of the German player would have stemmed a chance of him joining the German contingent at the Emirates.
In all this, there is a reason why Arsene Wenger had him scouted extensively before his surprise move to Bayern Munich, and such was the anticipation involving what the German could offer in the shirt of Arsenal that Borussia Dortmund Champions League group match against Arsenal at the Emirates in 2011 became like an audition for the then 19 year, but unfortunately it ended in anti-climax following his hamstring injury few minutes into that match.
With the euphoria of the World Cup still on in Germany, the golden ball of German football could still have the opportunity of joining his German colleagues at London Colney if Arsene Wenger have his way. The fact that he is not a regular at Bayern Munich and the ages of Rosicky and Cazorla may well help in seeing him at Arsenal.