Is Ilkay Gundogan Arsenal Bound?

  Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring a goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom

Reports late last night claimed that the current Dortmund Midfielder is No1 priority for Arsenal in the summer transfer window. He is believed to be available for a fee in the region of £24 Million.

He was ever present for Dortmund this season and impressed in their 4-1 win over Real Madrid in the Champions league semi final first leg earlier in the season. It has been no secret that Wenger is in the market for a commanding Defensive Midfielder and Gundogan would fit the bill. The 22 year old is very quick, intelligent and good on the ball as well as being very good defensively. In my opinion Wenger has never replaced Vieira and the club has never been as solid since his departure. Gundogan would definitely make the midfield a lot more dynamic and secure.

Gundogan made 81 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund last season scoring 9 goals he was also instrumental in their 2011-2012 League and cup double campaign.

He also has international pedigree and has recently won his 7th cap which is no mean feat considering how many talented German Midfielders there are around.

One problem I have noticed this season with Arsenal is that there seems to be a lack of confidence in relying on the back four, the last few months Wenger changed the shape of midfield slightly by adopting two centre holding midfield players instead of the one, this has stifled our attack and there has been less creativity going forward. Signing Gundogan would change that he is capable of screening the back four and creating from deep this would allow the likes of Wilshere and Cazorla to go and create and be more of a threat in the final third.

This would be a real signal of intent from the club and big step in the right direction.


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