Arsenal Transfer News: Losing out on Mario Gotze Isn't Massive Blow for Gunners

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2013

MALAGA, SPAIN - APRIL 03:  Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Malaga CF and Borussia Dortmund at La Rosaleda Stadium on April 3, 2013 in Malaga, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Water bottles beware: Arsene Wenger isn't going to happy with the news Bayern Munich has signed Mario Gotze.

Alex Hankin of the Daily Mirror, among others, broke the news before Bayern's 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona in their Champions League semifinal matchup:

Arsenal and Manchester City can strike another name off the 'possibles' list - Germany wonderscurrier Mario Gotze will sign for Bayern Munich in the summer.

The Borussia Dortmund playmaker has told his club that he will trigger the release clause in his contract and join the Bundesliga champions in July—and Bayern have confirmed that the deal is scheduled for July 1.

Gotze had been linked with a move to the Premier League, with the Etihad or the Emirates fancied to be his most likely next port of call. But it turns out he's plumping for a side with better Champions League prospects and Pep Guardiola at the wheel...

The Mirror's Steve Stammers had previously reported that Gotze would highlight a Bundesliga spending spree, with Lars Bender and Robert Lewandowski also moving the Emirates.

While signing those three seems like a pipe dream at best, bringing in Gotze at least seemed to have some validity. Even then, the move always seemed a long shot for Arsenal. With the likes of Barcelona, Bayern and Manchester City all vying for the young midfielder's services, the Gunners didn't stand much of a chance. The club still looks a ways off from competing for either the Premier League or Champions League titles.

Gotze would have been a great fit tactically for Arsenal and could have occupied the midfield for years. But you have to ask yourself, how much did the Gunners really need a player like Gotze this summer?

Mikel Arteta has been a very good signing after looking like an emergency buy back in 2011. Still, he's not the kind of holding midfielder the club needs right now. Arsenal has yet to replace Alex Song, and even he wasn't the kind of defensive ball-winner the Gunners hoped he would be.

Striker is also a concern. Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Gervinho can all play centre-forward, but they're all natural wingers. Olivier Giroud was a very good addition, but he can't be the only option Wenger has at striker. Another reliable goalscorer needs to be brought in.

Then there's the back four.

Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reported on Sunday Bacary Sagna has yet to sign a new deal with the club. Jones mentions Monaco, but there's plenty of other clubs that would queue up to sign the Frenchman this summer. Wenger would need to add another right-back, unless he's confident Carl Jenkinson is good enough at this stage in his career.

Centre-back continues to be an issue as well. The trio of Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen has had too many problems for the position to remain untouched this summer.

Getting a goalkeeper to challenge Wojciech Szczesny wouldn't be a bad idea either. Julio Cesar, Simon Mignolet and Asmir Begovic could all be solid targets this summer and give Szczesny the pressure he needs to fulfill his potential.

With a price tag of £30-plus million, Gotze would have commanded the lion's share of the transfer budget. Wenger has not been one to splash the cash during recent transfer windows, so it's unrealistic to expect that to happen this summer. There would not have been enough to properly address the positions requiring the most attention this summer.

Signing Gotze would have undoubtedly made Arsenal a better team. He would not, however, have been able to do anything to solve what have been the Gunners' biggest problems this season. Arsenal would still find itself outclassed by City and Manchester United in the Premier League and the European elite in the Champions League.

Missing out on Gotze could turn into a blessing in disguise if it causes Wenger to turn his attention to the club's most pressing concerns this summer.