Three reasons why Mario Götze would be good signing for Arsenal
Ned Bristow takes a look at three reasons why Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze would be a good Arsenal signing
1) A real addition
Mario Götze would be a signing who marks a true addition the ability of Arsenal’s squad. Much like when Mesut Özil moved to the Emirates, Götze would join a long list of attacking midfielders who are young, versatile and full of flair. But, also like Özil, we know that he could easily slot into Arsene Wenger’s starting eleven anywhere across the three attacking midfield roles. The 23-year-old is a genuine improvement on many of Arsenal’s current choices in those positions, and, while there would still be intense competition for places between a number of players of a similar ilk, Götze would certainly be one of the frontrunners for a starting berth. This is a key element of transfer market activity in the modern game, with increasingly outrageous fees being cooked up for players; each addition must serve a purpose and be able to have an immediate positive impact on the squad it joins.
While we have seen glimmers – some admittedly very prolonged – of promise from the likes of Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, Götze brings an assurance of consistency and quality if placed in the starting line up. We saw during his time at Borussia Dortmund just how dangerous of a player he can be, and his time at Bayern Munich has been no different. Despite being on the end of criticism last season, the World Cup winner returned 15 goals and was shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or. For so many to call this mixed success highlights just how highly rated the player is and how dangerous he can be on an off day, let alone one of the scorching runs of form that we so often see. With a combination of speed, trickery and playmaking intelligence, Götze very much fits the Arsenal attacking midfielder mould and has a lot to offer the Gunners should he make a switch.
Many factors have culminated in talk of Götze’s unhappiness in Munich over the summer. Criticism from fans last season, as well as a reported falling out with Pep Guardiola and the recent moves of Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa to the German champions mean the man who scored the World Cup final winner in 2014 is seeking pastures new. After yearning to serve under Guardiola while at Dortmund with Jürgen Klopp, the relationship has soured due to a breakdown in communication between the pair that led the player’s agent to speak out against the former Barcelona boss. Bayern’s multitude of attacking midfielders has been further strengthened by the signings of Juventus man Arturo Vidal and Shakhtar’s Douglas Costa, casting fresh doubt over whether Götze can continue to hold a regular place in the five-time European champions’ lineup.