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Shinji Kagawa could fit right in wearing the red and white instead of the yellow and black.
Arsenal still have a vacuum to fill for the attacking midfielder position. Aaron Ramsey still is not playing at a level that affords Arsenal much advantage in the midfield.
While there's no doubt that Ramsey will improve in the coming season and next, Arsenal may need an immediate solution. Or at least they may need to sign someone who can give Ramsey real competition for the creative midfielder position.
Shinji Kagawa could be that person.
Before the advent of Mario Götze at the end of last season, Shinji Kagawa was undoubtedly Borussia Dortmund's best revelation.
The coming of Götze has simply disguised the immense talent that is Shinji Kagawa. This could be an opening for Arsenal who may not be able to ward off competition to sign the now much-coveted Götze.
Signed on the cheap by Borussia Dortmund for €350,000 from Cerezo Osaka in the summer of 2010, Kagawa quickly established himself both as an important part of the Dortmund team that would go on to win the 2010-11 Bundesliga title and as a fan-favorite.
He proved a descent finisher, scoring 12 goals for the club in 28 appearances in all competitions in the first half of the season, before being forced to missed the entire second half of the season by an injury he picked up in January of 2011 at the AFC Asian Cup.
Although his goal scoring stats this season are not as impressive as last season's, they nevertheless are descent enough at six goals in 24 appearances, considering the fact that he is constrained to act more as a creator of goals this season than last, where the presence of Nuri Sahin in the midfield allowed Kagawa to play a more forward role.
This year, with both Sahin and Götze missing in the midfield, the latter through injury, Kagawa is playing deeper. He is the funnel through which most of Dortmund's attacks pass. He often leads the team's counterattacks, and many forward movements, even on the flanks, end up channeled through him. He already has six assists this season.
Kagawa is 22. He is versatile, and could provide real competition for Aaron Ramsey if signed. Plus, he is scoring goals. He already is used to the passing game that Arsenal favor, since Dortmund play a similar style.
He will be cheaper than Götze, and there will be less competition for him. Arsenal could therefore forget Götze and focus instead on Kagawa.
Before there was Götze; there was Kagawa, and Kagawa is still a star in the making even though he's already impressive and accomplished.