When the Marcos Reus to Arsenal news broke, a lot of persons where surprised that he was indeed Arsenal’s first choice for this transfer window. Now, reports have emerged that Arsenal could potentially test Borussia Dortmund resolve with a bid of £30 million. With a contract still to run until 2017, and his refusal to sign a renewal according to Bild, the door remains open for him to move.
What is not clear is whether Arsenal can afford both Alexis Sanchez and Marcos Reus in one transfer window. However, going by the fact that the team needs strengthening in other areas, it is unlikely that would happen.
With Marcos Reus ruling out the possibility of joining Bayern Munich after his former Borussia Dortmund colleague (Mario Goetze) joined the Bavarian giants, there is every possibility that the chance of Arsenal getting him would be high.
The reason why Arsenal needs such a player is quite obvious. His directness and pace can add something unique to Arsenal’s attack, especially from the left wing. That is where he has mostly played for Borussia Dortmund, and as a second striker.
The scorer of 16 Bundesliga goals last season in 30 league games, with appearances spread around the left and right wing, central midfield and as a forward.
The 25 year old has the potential to play as a striker for Arsenal because of his attributes. His pace is a key element of his game; another is his ability to run with the ball at pace while running at defenders, and also his ability to take long range shots.
His goal record for Borussia Dortmund is quite good considering the fact that he is an attacking midfielder. That record can be improved upon if he becomes a striker.
Arsene Wenger has a track record of converting wingers or attacking midfielders to strikers, and going by the over a hundred goals Robin Van Persie scored for Arsenal before he jumped ship away from the club, the German #Woodyinho can certainly do more than that in an Arsenal shirt because of his pace and the fact that he is naturally two footed.
The possibility of getting him in this summer was raised earlier is this piece. What is known is that there is a buyout clause of £27 million in his contract which is €35 million, and at such a fee, it means he is available at a fee far lower than what currently obtains in the transfer market.
As it is, the chance of getting him this summer might have passed because of his ankle injury, but with the opportunity for squad strengthening next summer when some Arsenal players would be a year older, means Arsenal can pinch him away from Borussia Dortmund.