Despite Sami Khedira’s strong links to Arsenal over the last few months, Arsene Wenger Thursday dismissed the links of the German World Cup winner to Arsenal. The 27 year old Real Madrid midfielder has been strongly linked all summer to Arsenal. The manager put it this way while dismissing the links:
“We were never close to signing (Sami Khedira because Jack Wilshere has come back fit and in midfield we have quite a few offensive box-to-box players”, le prof told the official website after the members’ day at the Emirates.
It is interesting that Arsene Wenger refers to the German as a box-to-box midfielder while dismissing the speculations linking him to the Emirates.
Many observers have hitherto disputed the fact that the German is a defensive midfielder. And going by Arsene Wenger’s opinion in his press conference he does not see the German as a defensive midfielder.
This is strange for several reasons because this is the same Arsene Wenger that converted Mikel Arteta from his box-to-box role to a defensive midfielder. However, the French man might have seen the light and his now willing to go for a prototype defensive midfielder instead of one that would spend more time in the final third as the German have been seen to have done in several matches.
In another instance, whether this particular comment by Arsene Wenger is another way to divert attention from the former Stuttgart player while trying to get something going outside the purview of the press remains to be seen.
What is more intriguing is that despite the Lukas Podolski stunt in Berlin on Sami Khedira about Arsenal, the several links from the Spanish and the English media, and the reported wage demands as the stumbling block to the deal, as well as other report that he has reduced his wage demands, Arsene Wenger has all but poured cold water on these development that has plagued the transfer window in the last couple of weeks.
What this effectively means is that Arsene Wenger has other plans to bring in another defensive midfielder, the identity of which might not be too clear, but as the transfer window enters it crucial stages, it means the player that would be signed as the defensive midfielder would be known in the coming weeks.
In the end, it would just be like the Arsene Wenger of old if he ends up not strengthening the defensive midfield as he is already of the view that the squad is large enough. It becomes a waiting game in the next few weeks.