Arsenal more or less need to replace Mesut Ozil in their team. He has been intensely linked with Barca this week, and as the saying goes, there is usually no smoke without fire. I think Ozil will stay loyal to Wenger and sign a new contract but the rumours in the last couple of days make me think may be he could leave the club.
According to Spanish media reports, which has been re-reported by various English media outlets, Wenger has sanctioned the sale of Mesut Ozil to Barca and all that is holding the deal up is the player agreeing personal terms with the Catalans. Ozil reportedly wants €370,000 per week. He was initially said to be just a back up for Barca should they fail in their bid to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, but it could mean that they have accepted defeat in the race for Coutinho’s signature.
Arsenal have been liked with the signing of Leon Goretzka along with Liverpool and Tottenham. Only yesterday it was said he has agreed to move to Barca next summer. The German may not be going to Barca after all according to reports but could instead be moving to Arsenal as Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s newly recruited scout is said to be very impressed with the German and is already working to agree a deal with the player. Surely if the player has chosen Barca, Arsenal will know and would have given up?
If true, and Arsenal are working on signing the player, it will be a massive blow for Liverpool, who have also been keenly linked with the signing of the FIFA Confederations Cup winner. I firmly believe if it comes to it, Arsenal have a better chance than Liverpool of signing the player. The Gunners may not be doing well this season ( and Liverpool are not doing better it must be said ), but are still far more attractive than Liverpool to player. Case in point is the Sanchez transfer saga of three years ago.
Should Leon Goretzka sign for the Gunners, it will be really interesting to see if Wenger will play him in the Ozil role or in the role currently occupied by Ramsey in the team. In my opinion, he will be better in the Ramsey role but he can play both and has played both roles successfully both for Germany and his club Schalke 04 in recent times.