When it comes to transfers, Jonathan Kaney is desperate for the addition of one-man in particular.
Every transfer window Arsene Wenger always says he will splash the cash if an exceptional quality player becomes available. He’s loosened the purse strings in recent years to sign world superstars like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Peter Cech, but the board, the club hierarchy and the fans know that there is still plenty of money to spend.
We’ve been linked with a whole host of attacking players such as Karim Benzema, Edison Cavani, Higuain, Antoine Griezmann and many more. However one player who would be available for the right price and has signalled an interest in moving to the Gunners is Germany and Dortmund superstar Marco Reus.
With the sublime form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang usurping him as the teams main man and fan favourite, now could be the time for us to strike and sign Reus when they aren’t as reliant on him as they have been.
In normal circumstances signing a player like Reus would be an expensive luxury when we have Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck in the same mould. However, if the club wants to seriously challenge on all fronts and move to the elite level where we belong, Reus is the kind of player we need to go all out for – not only to bolster our title challenge, but to continue improving and building the squad in to a world-class machine.
Being content with what we have is a mistake we have learned from the past, when year in, year out we saw our best players leave in search of clubs with greater ambition. We can’t allow the likes of Sanchez and Ozil to feel that way and signing Reus out of all the elite targets we have been linked is the best option in my eyes.
The 26-year-old has scored over 50 goals in three seasons for Dortmund, despite some hefty amounts of time on the treatment table for injuries. He’s world class, he scores goals, he glides past defences with ease, he’s skilful, a sensational dribbler, passer, finisher and commits men to create space around him. He is without doubt an elite calibre of player and he would be a perfect striker to lead an attacking line up of Sanchez, Ozil and Walcott.
If he stays fit there is no question Reus is one of the best forwards in Europe and better than any of our other strikers. His injury record is concerning for the likely cost of between £40m-£60m, but it would be worth it in the end for a player of his undoubted quality. There is no question he will end up in England soon – let’s just hope it’s the Emirates and not Anfield.