Arsenal’s need for an holding midfielder have seen the club pursue the signings of several players who ply their trade there. The closest the club has come to any player in that position is German midfielder Sami Khedira. The wage demands of the 28 year old midfielder had scooted the possibility of any deal happening. However, there are reports that the reduction of his wage demands could still put him at par with Mesut Ozil and new signing Alexis Sanchez. The German play maker is the highest earner in the club with a reported wage of £140,000 a week. He came with a reputation from Real Madrid and was given a wage that matched his football ability.
However, for Sami Khedira his initial wage demands and the reduced wages which is still same with certain players in the club does to entirely sit well as a result of the players injury record.
Although, he possesses all the qualities many want in a holding midfielder, with his height (6ft 2in) and physical attributes, but he is a fragile player who gets injures every now and then. His injury during the warm up at the World Cup final against Argentina is a case in point. And for a player who is 27, and moving to 28, he is not going to stay fit in the long term.
With the club’s injury record as well as the injury prone players currently on the books of the club (Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby) it would represent a huge risk for the club to bring another midfielder on a high wage when he is not guaranteed that he would stay fit. Especially when the club’s history of handling fitness issues.
Why the club should look elsewhere!
When a player is coming in on an high wage, what is expected of that player is already known. Yet the injury record of Sami Khedira calls into question the wisdom of anybody to grant his demands. Giving in to such demands in the short term is not what is in issue, but the consequences of the wages in the long term is what should be considered. Few might say, the club should pay the going rate in the market as he is a World Cup winner and a European Cup winner, but he was not a key figure in Real Madrid winning the European Cup as he was out most of the season. His performance in the final reflected all the element of a player that was not fit.
While Arsenal might not be concerned about his injury record as with his wage demands, it would be best should the club consider bringing in the younger William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon instead of settling for Sami Khedira’s wage demands even when he has reduced it.