Arsenal Transfer News: How Kevin Strootman Would Help the Gunners

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IDecember 3, 2012

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 25:  Kevin Strootman of PSV Eindhoven in action during the UEFA Europa League group stage match between PSV Eindhoven and AIK held on October 25, 2012 at the PSV Stadion, in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Vincent Jannink/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Arsenal's start to the English Premier League season has been nothing short of disappointing, but the potential recruitment of Kevin Strootman could help the Gunners rebound.

According to Jamie Sanderson of The Metro, the Gunners are looking into bringing Strootman, a PSV Eindhoven midfielder, to their club during the transfer window in January.

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.

Per the same report by Sanderson, the Gunners are expected to have some money to work with in January, and could quite possibly bring two new players on board as a result.

The Gunners have lacked a scoring punch thus far in 2012, and their attack has fallen far short of acceptable. Arsenal currently sits in 10th place in the EPL standings and 15 points back of the best team in the league, Manchester United.

Arsenal's attack needs some help as they are currently No. 8 in the league in goals scored. To make matters worse, the Gunners have just one goal in their last three matches. 

Should they bring Strootman to their side, it would greatly benefit the Gunners' offense.

While the team does have a great deal of depth at the midfield position, finishing has been a huge problem for this club. There's no doubt the Gunners can pass the ball and have done so brilliantly this season, but their shots on net have been few and far between despite that.

Strootman can help take a ton of pressure off some of the club's best goal-scorers, namely Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud. Having to focus on yet another talented player in Strootman will force opposing defenses to take their eye off of Arsenal's most dangerous players.

On top of that, it would allow those same top scorers to be more flexible with where they play.

But it isn't only the attention that Strootman will command that will help this team, he is also a solid finisher who is able to put the ball in the net. Strootman has played in nine games for PSV Eindhoven during the 2012-13 Dutch Eredivisie season and has already scored five goals.

To prove that Strootman is improving his offensive abilities, the Dutchman had just two goals in 18 starts in the same league during the 2011-12 season. That will leave most fans wondering—and legitimately so—if the best is yet to come for the 22-year-old.

Strootman's versatility is also a huge plus in adding him to the club. Strootman is a great box-to-box midfielder, but he can also play on the left and in a defensive midfield role.

There should be some stiff competition for the young midfielder come January, but if the Gunners want to turn things around and make a season out of it, adding Strootman would be a big piece to the puzzle.