Arsenal have made an enquiry for Borussia Mönchengladbach attacker Marco Reus. The 22 year-old has scored seven times in 12 Bundesliga appearances this season, and has clearly caught the eye of Arsene Wenger.
Gladbach coach Lucien Favre tells tomorrow’s Bild:
“Jens Lehmann has given Wenger an tip-off. After that Arsène has called me.
I had to be honest. I told Wenger he (Reus) was a very good player. But I want to keep him.”
That’s hardly surprising, considering just a day or two ago Favre described Reus as “one of the best players I’ve ever trained”. Raphael Honigstein described Reus to me as “the white Ashley Young” – and, like the Manchester United winger, Reus enjoys cutting in from the left-flank on to his preferred right foot. You can Rafa’s profile of the player here, and watch some clips of him in action below. The boy strikes a ball very clearly indeed:
A release clause of €18m comes in to play next summer, but Arsenal could be forced to pay even more in January. The other major stumbling block is the supposed interest of Bayern Munich, who are perhaps a more natural destination for a player who is far from certain to excel on foreign shores. Wait and see, I guess.
Over the next two transfer windows, Arsenal will be as much at pain to hold on to players as acquire them. The last few months have seen Samir Nasri follow Cesc Fabregas out the door, and serious questions raised over the future of current captain and talisman, Robin van Persie. In that climate, it has been particularly heartwarming to hear the words of Jack Wilshere. Although currently on the sidelines through injury, there can no doubt that he’s one of our most important players, and his commitment to the club appears to be unwavering. When asked if he wanted to remain with Arsenal “forever”, Wilshere said:
“I promise that, yeah. I’ve been at the club since I was nine and learned to love it.
“From the [Patrick] Vieira days, to [Dennis] Bergkamp, [Cesc] Fabregas, I’ve watched them come through and move on. There’s a crop of new players, [Aaron] Ramsey, myself, Kieran Gibbs hopefully we can really create something special. I love the club and I want to be part of its future.”
I think that it’s never a wise for a footballer to make those kinds of promises. Let’s just hope his resolve is not severely tested by circumstance.
Finally, if for some reason you haven’t already, check out arseblogger’s write-up of a visit to the newfangle medical centre. Thoroughly interesting stuff.