Apparently Arsenal could make their next big transfer after managing to land Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil. David Alaba who just extended his agreement with Bayern for another three years looks keen on working with Wenger who has always been a strong admirer of the Austrian full-back. The 21 year old who has been playing for the German side since 2010 would be a great addition to the Gunners defensive line considering the team’s lack of consistency in that particular compartment.
Alaba has a similar profile to that of Arsenal captain, Thomas Vermaelen who has both defensive and offensive skills. Bayern’s defender would surely speed up the Gunners game with his excellent reactions and impressive offensive runs. According to TuttoMercatoWeb the Austrian international recently declared Arsenal is his dream destination even though he is more than comfortable playing for Guardiola’s side.
Arsenal will probably keep pursuing this lead even though a move before the end of the 2013-2014 season is out of the question. Even so Alaba is still young and has a bright future ahead which may someday include the Gunners. Until then, Wenger may need to strengthen his lot if he wants to finally end the 8 year trophy drought his team is on.
One of the Frenchman’s priorities is to lift the weight off of Giroud’s shoulders who is currently the only real viable solution for Arsenal’s attack. It appears a rather unexpected solution may have emerged with the transfer period quickly approaching. Former Milan striker, Alexandre Pato could return to Europe after moving back to his home country. The 24 year old forward who was one of the most promising players of his generation is valued at £6.6million which would make him the perfect solution for the Gunners offensive line.
The North London team will have a lot to play for in 2014. Their current squad is not too deep and losing a key player like Giroud, Mertesacker or Koscielny could prove crucial especially when it comes to the Premier League. Arsenal is not that far ahead and any further slip-up could cost them first place. Hopefully for the Gooners, this will be the season the trophy drought comes to an end.