The Sami Khedira to Arsenal rumours has rumbled on for over a month now, and still yet, there is no end in site to the rumours and speculations that has continually linked the player to the Emirates. While there is no disputing the fact that there is something aloof in respect of this particular transfer, the dust has refused to settle.
The dust of this transfer has rumbled on in the circles of bookmakers, as the media which brings out news on the next development about this particular transfer, the bookmakers have stayed on course that the German midfielder is indeed close to a move to the Emirates.
Bookmaker Betfair puts the current odds of the German joining Arsenal at 1/2.
What is clear is that Arsenal would still bring in a an holding midfielder this summer, as Arsene Wenger has repeatedly circumvented questions in respect of giving names the club is interested in. Although, he said that he was still open to bringing in more players during his press conference on Friday which is the clearest indication yet that the club is still active in the transfer window.
The Club’s need for a holding midfielder has been made clear on several occasions this season, and in the past seasons, and what is clear is that the every fact is known to Arsene Wenger after he tried to sign Lars Bender last season from Bayer Leverkusen, after a bid of £19 million was rejected by the bundesliga club. He couldn’t get his plan A player in, but he eventually settled for Mathieu Flamini, who though an upgrade on Mikel Arteta in terms of pace and energy, is actually a downgrade on the technical ability of the former Everton player. Who possess an understanding, discipline and tactical know how of what it takes to handle that position in midfield.
The need to bring in a younger and more dynamic player to replace Mikel Arteta in the long term has made the need for it imperative.
The odds of Sami Khedira joining Arsenal would remain high as long there is keen interest on the part of Real Madrid to see that the player leaves to avoid losing him to a free transfer next summer. The word of Arsene Wenger that “I’m still open to do more. I think between August 15 and 30 will be busy again” means there are still many twist and turns to come in this transfer window in respect of those areas that still need strengthening.