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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wenger looking to boost midfield options

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is allegedly eyeing up midfield reinforcements after being robbed of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas in the close season. Although the Frenchman brought in Yossi Benayoun on loan from Chelsea as well as Mikel Arteta from Everton as cover during the last transfer window, he is believed to be keen to bolster his ranks and has started looking into the possibility of recruiting Borussia Mönchengladbach's Marco Reus.

The German international has drawn comparisons with Mario Götze – the teenage superstar plying his trade at Borussia Dortmund – but given both the relative statures of the two Bundesliga outfits, Reus would be available for around half the price. People bet on Premier League games should remember this.

Wenger was first made aware of Reus through their former goalkeeper Jens Lehmann – now living in Germany following his retirement from the game – but Mönchengladbach's coach Lucien Favre admitted to being reluctant to let him go.

"Lehmann has advised Wenger and after that Arsène contacted me. I told him Reus is a very good player – I cannot lie – but I do not want to lose him," he said.

Over the last two years in the Bundesliga, Reus has thrived under Favre's management and after scoring 11 goals last season and earning his first full international cap, is starting tongues wagging all across Europe. Both technically-gifted and tough in the tackle, he has drawn comparisons with Everton's Jack Rodwell – who himself has just earned his first call-up to a full international squad. Anyone looking at the Premier League best odds will know he is what Arsenal need.

Arsenal certainly aren't letting the departure of Nasri and Fabregas bother them this season, and after a disappointing start have recently finally hit upon a rich patch of form which culminated in a thrilling 5-3 win over London rivals Chelsea last week. That result leaves them level on points with Liverpool and breathing down the necks of the teams occupying the top-four spots in the Premier League.

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