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Arsenal keeping an eye on Holtby

Good news Arsenal fans, boss Arsene Wenger has hinted at the signing of a new, young central midfielder that could solve the boss’ goalscoring crisis should he join the club this January.

Heard it all before? Of course we have. This is Arsenal for goodness sake and when the Gunners are reportedly chasing someone you can guarantee so are the other big clubs in the Premier League: all of who are willing to offer far more money for the guy’s services.

Yet there may be some truth in rumours linking Arsenal with Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, against whom the Gunners played in the Champions League this season. The latest football odds put Arsenal and Spurs as frontrunners in the race to sign Holtby, and when quizzed by reporters about the 22-year-old, Wenger gave this response:

“The emerging countries to produce players look to be Germany and Spain and they have many good young players. We have looked at Holtby, and have played against him.

So, after a decade shopping in the French league, Wenger may finally be turning his head towards a different window front and Germany appears top of his priority list. The Gunners were certainly schooled in the art of football against Schalke this season and Holtby played both games, impressing home and away.

The 22-year-old appeared composed on the ball and, importantly, happy to do the donkeywork that many of Arsenal’s squad have been accused of lacking. He’s not the strongest on the ball and at 5ft 9” may be the replacement Wenger needs should he shift Andrei Arshavin on this January.

Indeed, Holtby would act as good link-up with the likes of Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski – his confidence on the ball far outshines Arshavin and Gervinho. After three early goals this season he has sat further back in the Schalke midfield and the club will desperately want to keep hold of him.

Yet the Premier league betting suggests he has made his mind up and England will indeed be his destination in the new year. Should Wenger act quickly this January he may get his man before a league rival poaches this talent from under his nose.


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