After weeks of various links of Sami Khedira to Arsenal, report have now emerge that Arsenal have dropped their interest in the German midfielder. With that report in hand, what other player can Arsenal look to bring in besides the likes of Lars Bender and Morgan Schneiderlin who have been constantly linked to the club.
The situation of Bayern Munich midfielder Javier Martinez comes into play here. The 25 year former Altetico Bilbao player joined Bayern Munich in August, 2012 for fee of €40 million which remains a record paid for a foreign player in the bundesliga history. Added to that, he was instrumental to the Bavarians winning a treble in the 2012/2013 season. But last season he was used sparingly by Pep Guardiola as Philip Lahm was preferred for the defensive midfield role by the Catalan coach.
Where Arsenal comes into the picture is whether they can come in with a bid that the Bavarian giants will not turn down in view of the fact the Pep Guardiola seem not to rate his Spanish compatriot very highly going by the number of times he was cast aside in key games last season for the Bayern Munich captain.
Bayern Munich looks well stuck in midfield even with the departure of Toni Kroos to Real Madrid. They still have Thiago Alcantara, the aforementioned Philip Lahm, David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger and the recently signed Sebastian Rode, 23 who arrived on a free transfer from Frankfurt.
With that in mind, and the constant tweaking of Pep Guardiola, there is no gainsaying that the Bavarians will not consider selling him at a certain price. However, if the previously mentioned loss of Toni Kroos is anything to go by where the all aces was with player because he had just one year left on his contract, the Bavarian giants might consider Javier Martinez not transferable. But as stated earlier, would they be able to turn down a huge outlay for the midfielder?
With the current uncertainty trailing who the club will look to bring in this summer in that holding midfield position, the answer to the question above lies in whether Arsenal can tempt the Bavarian giants with a bid to test their resolve to keep a player Pep Guardiola doesn’t seem to like using.
As the links, rumours and speculations continues in respect who Arsenal will bring in for the holding midfield position, a look at the contributions of the 6ft 3in Javier Martinez to Bayern Munich winning the treble two seasons ago, shows the holding midfield role is key to any club’s success.