Summer Transfers Who Would Fit Arsene Wenger's Arsenal StyleMay 14, 2015
Summer Transfers Who Would Fit Arsene Wenger's Arsenal Style
When it comes to the transfer market, Arsene Wenger is meticulous in his approach to identifying new players.
He's not swayed by big names or reputations; he wants to ensure that the players he signs are going to fit into the carefully cultivated style of football Arsenal play. Wenger requires players of enormous technical skill and significant intelligence.
In this piece, we identify some potential targets who would fit Wenger's criteria.
Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith recently announced on Sky Sports (h/t the Independent) that he believes Arsenal hold an interest in signing Manchester City's James Milner on a free transfer.
Milner would be a solid addition for Arsenal. He has the versatility Arsene Wenger loves and has shown at City that he's capable of gelling well with elite continental talent.
Under Brendan Rodgers, Raheem Sterling has been an integral part of Liverpool's vibrant attacking game. If he were to move to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger would hope to employ him in a similar manner.
Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail claims that Sterling is currently looking for a house in London. Were he to join Arsenal, he might have to change his home, but he wouldn't need to change his style.
Simon Jones of the Daily Mail believes Arsene Wenger is convinced enough about Ilkay Gundogan's suitability for Arsenal to have already made contact with Borussia Dortmund about acquiring his services.
It's easy to see why Wenger is interested. Gundogan's intelligent and precise passing would make him an ideal fit for Arsenal, either as a holding player or a creative No. 10.
When Olivier Giroud is out, Arsenal don't have another centre-forward with the physicality and goalscoring instincts to replicate the Frenchman's offering.
Aston Villa's Christian Benteke could be a potential solution. Back in 2012, he admitted to David Kent of the Daily Mail that he was a huge fan of Arsenal and an admirer of Thierry Henry. If Arsene Wenger offered him a move to the Emirates Stadium, Benteke would surely jump at the chance.
Marco Reus is exactly the kind of skilful winger who traditionally thrives at Arsenal.
Although Reus recently signed a new deal with Dortmund, he is still a wanted man across Europe. In the modern era, however, a contract can merely represent an opportunity for a club to secure a larger fee for players. Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail believes Arsenal are willing to test Dortmund's resolve to keep Reus at the club.