Lukas Podolski has less-than-subtly urged fellow World Cup winner Sami Khedira to join Arsenal, shouting the Gunners' name during one of the Real Madrid midfielder's interviews on the national team's day of celebration.
Liam Prenderville of the Mirror provides the details:
During Tuesday's epic World Cup homecoming, Khedira was asked where he will be plying his trade next season in front of thousands of German supporters.
While he was giving his answer, the midfielder was interrupted with a yelp of "Arsenal!"
Podolski's interruption was posted on Twitter via GunnerPunner:
Although a jovial moment from Podolski, many Arsenal fans will be hoping Khedira takes the advice on board. His link to the Emirates continues to grow ever stronger in the press, as reported by Tom Sheen of the Independent.
This moment also comes before Marca reported the English club have reached an agreement with Madrid for the player's future, translated by 101 Great Goals. It is thought only wage demands need to be agreed before he can be unveiled as the North London club's second marquee signing of the summer after Alexis Sanchez.
The 27-year-old midfielder—who sat out of Germany's World Cup final win over Argentina after suffering injury in the warm-up—would tighten Arsenal's midfield considerably. His energy and willingness to stick to task can allow the rest of Arsene Wenger's team greater freedom through a usually congested centre, as Khedira brings the kind of discipline his teammates can rely on.
Case in point: His display during the 7-1 victory over Brazil. Although Khedira started in a deep position, something we've come to expect, his eagerness to bomb forward and place pressure on the opposition's defence led to Germany regaining possession in vital areas.
This isn't a role he fulfills regularly at Madrid, where his performances can often float away from interest due to the ridiculous firepower of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. Former Liverpool star Jan Molby believes Khedira's qualities are just what Arsenal need, as noted in his column for Eurosport:
At least now they (Arsenal) are addressing one of their big weaknesses: having that formidable presence in midfield. Khedira is the type of player that Arsenal need and who can help them when they are not playing well. He is physically strong and, if he does indeed sign for the club, will give them something extra.
Molby also indicates Mikel Arteta could be deemed surplus to requirements should Khedira make the switch, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
After all, Arteta has permanently converted to a defensive midfield role in order to accommodate the club's quicker, more intelligent attacking midfielders such as Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil. He isn't a natural tackler and has physical limitations when coming up against players who have specialised in the holding role their entire careers.
Podolski's joke will be taken very seriously by many, as it absolutely should be. It indicates the players have spoken about a possible move and ensures Arsenal remain fresh in the mind of Khedira, whose stock rose at the World Cup after a season of injury with Los Blancos.
He certainly would address the obvious shortcomings of Wenger's midfield and can be purchased in confidence after Arsenal completed paying for the Emirates Stadium.
With a bit of luck, like Podolski, Gunners fans will get the opportunity to scream hysterically at the German midfielder sometime in the future.