Arsenal Transfer News: Arsenal Reportedly Send Scout for Kevin Strootman

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIDecember 2, 2012

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 04:  Kevin Strootman of PSV looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Group F match between PSV Eindhoven and SSC Napoli at the Philips Stadion on October 4, 2012 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Arsenal have reportedly sent out scouts to watch PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman this weekend, with the 22-year-old believed to be one of the club's top targets for the coming winter transfer window.

With the Gunners still lacking that final punch in attack this season, it is thought that Strootman—a true box-to-box midfielder—will be able to give them the platform going forward and allow the likes of Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla more freedom in the final third.

Per The Metro:

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has sent his chief scout to Holland this weekend in order to scout exciting PSV Einhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman. 

Chief talent spotter Steve Rowley has been packed off to Holland by Wenger to create a detailed scouting report on Strootman during PSV's clash with Ajax, featuring background checks and reports from other Gunners officials, who have also monitored the player’s progress. 

It is thought PSV would only consider selling Strootman for a bid in the region of £20 million... [though] Wenger is particularly interested in the Dutch international.

The North London club slumped to another loss in the English Premier League this weekend—going down 2-0 at home to Swansea City—leaving them lagging in 10th place and with their worst start since the Frenchman Wenger started managing the club.

With new attacking talent arriving in Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, the Gunners no doubt have the class and talent available to dominate their opponents—as Tottenham Hotspur can testify to—but the consistency in the final third simply hasn't been there this year.

According to the FourFourTwo Stats Zone App, Arsenal had an incredible 185 successful passes in the attacking third against Swansea, but he only managed five shots on target and, most importantly, no goals for the match. The week before, it was another 100-plus completions in the final third of the pitch against Everton, but only for three shots on target and one goal.

The arrival of Strootman would therefore seemingly be a helpful addition to a club that has only managed one goal from their last three league matches.

The only question would be as to where he would play in midfield, with a depth of talent already existent at the Emirates in Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta—not including the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and even Gervinho.

Wenger is believed to have the financial backing from the Gunners' board to spend the money required to pull the club back up the league table (per The Telegraph), meaning that the acquisition of Strootman could be a real possibility for the London club.

But is it the smartest move that he could make this winter?

Time will tell, I guess.


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