I’m not saying Marco Reus wouldn’t be a welcome addition at Arsenal. But it’s kind of like Falcao going to Manchester United, where exactly will he fit into the equation?
First off, if we’ve been paying any attention to Wenger at all, we surely know that the likelihood that this move happens is slim to none. But Wenger has reportedly made a 40 million pound offer and it just makes me wonder – why is he wasting time bidding on a non-necessity when Reus fits into none of the three positions we desperately need? Instead he fits into the one position that we DO NOT need.
Another attacking midfielder? Are Ramsey, Ozil, Ox, Wilshere, Santi, Alexis and Walcott not good enough? Meanwhile, let me reel off our striker options: Alexis? How about holding midfielders? *crickets*
Not only that, but Reus loves Borussia Dortmund. He might have made one comment some time ago about how he admires Arsenal’s style of play, but that doesn’t make him a wantaway. Falcao was a wantaway, but please don’t get me started on missing out on Falcao. Reus is a Dortmund product and everyone within their organization says he wants to stay.
Now that William Carvalho, the seemingly surest deal we’ve had the past couple weeks, is staying in Sporting CP, this could very easily turn into a silent (and perhaps deadly) transfer deadline day. Of course, maybe Carvalho stating that he’s happy at Sporting is a scripted line sent to him by Arsene Wenger to through we, the fans, off the scent. It just seems like something he’d do.
Manchester United is in a dire situation, so what is van Gaal doing? He is signing like his life depends on it. He may just up and buy an entirely new club. While I find it equal parts laughable and admirable, I brought up this example because it shows yet another manager who sees a problem and is trying to fix that problem. Chelsea lost Torres to AC Milan, next day they have Loic Remy. If they could get Remy THAT quickly, what exactly was Arsenal doing for the past three months of being linked with him?
Reus is not the answer. He’d be nothing more than a welcomed head-scratcher. No doubt he is a world-class talent that would be welcomed on any club, but again, why spend money on him when there are obvious, gaping voids in the squad that Reus will not fill?
I’m still holding out some bizarre, unfounded faith that Wenger is going to surprise everyone. I still think Arturo Vidal is a fantastic option and I’d be content with Carlos Bacca (who is reportedly not leaving Sevilla now). But I have this nagging feeling that Wenger simply isn’t going to spend on anything more than a Winston Reid.