Arsenal Transfers: 11 Reasons Gunners Must Sign Mario Goetze in January

Vijay MuraliAnalyst IDecember 2, 2011

Arsenal Transfers: 11 Reasons Gunners Must Sign Mario Goetze in January

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    Arsenal had a very turbulent summer in which two of their most important players, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, departed the Emirates and manager Arsene Wenger waited until the last two days of the transfer window to splash the money to acquire as many as five new players, though Yossi Benayoun was signed on a season-long loan deal. 

    This is one of the most difficult seasons ever for Wenger, who has faced huge pressure since Arsenal's terrible start to the season. However, the Gunners, who were in the bottom half after their defeats to Blackburn and Tottenham, have made a strong comeback with five wins on the trot in the league before the draw against Fulham. They are firmly in contention for the top four places though it will be difficult, but if Wenger does make the right moves in the January transfer window, they do have a good chance of achieving success in the near future.

    The Gunners will be awaiting the return of key players Bacary Sagna and Jack Wilshere for the second half of the season but the addition of Mario Goetze could be massive in Arsenal's pursuit of Champions League places. According to the Mirror, Borussia Dortmund's Mario Goetze is Arsenal's top target and here are 11 reasons why Arsenal have to sign the midfielder.

1. Mario Goetze Is One of the Best Talents in the World

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    Borussia Dortmund's Mario Goetze has established himself as one of the best talents in the game and it is quite easy to see why he is so highly rated. The 19-year-old midfielder can be developed into a world-class player who could be the key to Arsenal winning trophies in the future. The midfielder provides plenty of creativity and has a mature head on young shoulders. 

    Though he is not at the same level as some of the world's best like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, he is certainly one who can establish himself as a world-class player if he continues to develop. It is no surprise that he has attracted the attention of plenty of clubs and it will be a huge coup if Arsenal do sign him in January.

2. Arsenal's Chances of Qualifying for Champions League Will Be Boosted

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    Despite Andrei Arshavin being poor in the last year or so, one cannot deny that Arsene Wenger made a necessary signing in 2009 when he splashed the cash to sign the Russian international. With the Gunners in genuine danger of not qualifying for the Champions League, they signed the talented Russian who was at the top of his game. He provided the impetus for the Gunners as they qualified yet again under Wenger and proved to be a great signing for the Gunners that season.

    However, he has not reached the highs of that season again and could be the player to make way if Arsenal do sign Goetze. The German international, who will be ineligible to play in the Champions League, will obviously provide Arsenal with a huge boost considering that he is one of the biggest talents in the world.

3. Strengthening the Young Core of the Team

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been hugely influential at the club and has been instrumental in the development of several young players. The Gunners continue to produce some excellent young players while some others are signed at an early age such as Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Ryo Miyaichi. It is clear that this team has a young core, though players like Robin van Persie and Mikel Arteta play an important role in guiding these youngsters to reach their potential.

    With plenty of quality young players like Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey in the side, the signing of Goetze would be a huge addition in terms of quality. The German international would have the time to play alongside the likes of Wilshere and Ramsey at a young age and hence, it could benefit all of them and build a better understanding for the future as well.

4. Arsenal May Not Be Able To Afford the German International After This January

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    It is not often that respected football journalists report that the Gunners are prepared to spend as much as £30 million on a player, but according to John Cross, Wenger could smash Arsenal's transfer record by splashing out on the German international. Unlike some of his previous signings like Patrick Vieira or, more recently, Laurent Koscielny, Goetze is a player who is tracked by plenty of clubs and there are many clubs who have the financial capability of signing Goetze.

    With the midfielder still only 19 years of age and Dortmund probably crashing out of the Champions League, it is likely that Arsenal can afford him in January even if it means paying extremely high. However, should he continue to play at that level for another couple of seasons, it will be no wonder if one of the cash-rich clubs like Real Madrid or Manchester City splash the cash to sign him.

5. Versatility and Depth

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    Arsenal have had excellent players under Arsene Wenger but the main reason for their trophy drought is the lack of quality depth in the team and it is exposed when there are injuries. Even this squad has a major problem in the striking department because the second-choice strikers Park Ju Young and Marouane Chamakh have not proved to be good enough in the absence of Robin van Persie.

    With the African Nations Cup also scheduled in January, the Gunners could lose some key players like Gervinho and the addition of Goetze would be a huge boost to the team. Also, it is clear that Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are playing too many games regularly, which is why Wenger has rested them whenever possible. Goetze could ease the responsibility from Ramsey while the return of Jack Wilshere will be crucial for Arsenal as well.

    Goetze is comfortable on either wings or in the role behind the central striker and he is capable of displaying his creativity wherever he is on the pitch. If he is signed, he will obviously provide more depth because of his versatility and the Gunners cannot afford to slip up in the second half of this season.

6. Flair and Unpredictability in Attack

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    Arsenal lost two of their most creative players in the summer in Nasri and Fabregas and it was always difficult to replace someone like Fabregas, who was the heartbeat of the team. The injury to Jack Wilshere also came at the worst possible moment, as Wenger had to rebuild the team with none of the attacking midfield players of the previous season. Gervinho has been an intelligent addition to the team and is a player who is considerably different from Nasri.

    Gervinho stays wide and uses his tricks and pace to supply balls into the box, which has benefited van Persie on many occasions. However, it has taken time for this midfield consisting of Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Song to gel and despite all of them being very neat and talented players, Arsenal have not played with the flair of the last two seasons. This is understandable considering that they have made efforts to be more efficient and solid than playing an open game.

    However, the addition of Mario Goetze and the return of Wilshere means that they can certainly provide more creativity to the team, especially with Ramsey also returning to his best form. The Germany international will provide much more creativity to the team and the strikers are bound to benefit from that.

7. Financial Benefit

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    Arsene Wenger has been one of the most shrewd operators in the transfer markets and has made plenty of interesting cheap acquisitions and developed them into world-class players. The signings of Nicolas Anelka and Gael Clichy illustrate the manager's eye for picking out youngsters and both were extremely profitable for the Gunners. Goetze would be a very different signing to them considering that he is very popular and also will cost a lot more than the current transfer record fee which was paid for Andrei Arshavin.

    However, the 19-year-old will be an excellent investment by Wenger because he is certainly one of the most talented players in the world. Also, his arrival could mean that Arsenal can sell Arshavin to recoup a decent amount considering that the Russian is still capable of playing at the highest level. Also, the German's wages are affordable which means that Arsenal's financial stability remains intact despite a multimillion-pound signing.

    Also, even if the German is sold after a few years, they are more likely to reap profits considering that he is only likely to progress under Wenger. It could be similar to what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo, who departed United for the highest transfer fee ever. 

8. Competition for Places

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    It is important to have good and healthy competition for places in the side to bring out the best from the players. One of the major problems a team could face is if the development of a player does not progress due to less competition. It has been seen that competition can make players play better as is currently seen with Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema, both of whom have improved considerably due to greater competition.

    Arsenal do have some very talented young midfielders like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere. Goetze's inclusion to the Arsenal team could mean one of the players losing out on their berths and would allow Wenger to rotate his team to reduce fatigue. Also, it would mean that all the players would have to play at their best in order to ensure that they are at their best.

9. Goetze's Signing Would Prove Arsenal's Ambition in the Transfer Market

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    Arsenal moved from their beloved Highbury stadium to the modern Emirates so that it would help them in the long run to compete with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United in the transfer market. However, due to the stadium debt along with many other factors, Wenger developed a policy of honing youngsters to full potential and his project was that many young players growing together would create a successful team when they mature and realize their potential.

    However, the departures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas are the reason why it is so difficult to realize that dream and he has changed his policy this summer with the recruitment of several experienced players. The Gunners have found it hard to compete with other big clubs in the transfer market and they have not spent too much money on a player despite other clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea breaking various transfer-fee records.

    The signing of Mario Goetze would be a huge boost, as it would show their ambitions for the future and that they could compete in the transfer market despite inflated market rates. Goetze is a player who is bound to interest the top clubs in the world and it would be a major coup if Arsenal do sign him.

10. Quality To End Arsenal's Long Trophy Drought

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    The Gunners have endured a long and frustrating title drought and despite another fighting performance from the Gunners in the Carling Cup, they were knocked out by Manchester City, which ended their chances in that competition. With the Gunners falling well behind of leaders Manchester City in the Premier League, it could be outside Arsenal's reach this season.

    Winning the Champions League will be Arsene Wenger's dream but the question is if this current side is good enough to beat the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. The FA Cup is another possibility this season and if signed, Goetze will be eligible to play in that tournament. The signing of Goetze could be a great injection of quality in the team and he could help them win many trophies in the near future.

11. Mario Goetze's Signing Could Convince Robin van Persie and Others To Stay

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    Arsene Wenger had to face a turbulent summer mainly due to the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, which was hard to take for the Arsenal fans. Though Fabregas' return to Barcelona was anticipated by most considering his affiliation with the club, Nasri's departure left a bitter taste and as expected, he received a hostile reception at the Emirates when he returned with City. The next summer is the key for Arsenal as they have plenty of new players along with many talented youngsters like Francis Coquelin and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain.

    The key to Wenger building another title-winning team lies with him persuading his key players, Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Alex Song, to stay at the club. The club needs to prove their ambition and also show that they can attract the best talents in the world. The signing of Mario Goetze would prove just that and could convince van Persie and the others to retain belief in the manager and his project as they look to win trophies.