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Arsene Wenger hopes to sign midfielder to partner Mesut Ozil

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hopeful of signing Schalke midfielder Max Meyer in the summer, according to The Daily Star.

The French manager has identified the German attacker as his number one transfer target as he looks to bolster his options in midfield.

The 22-year-old is out of contract with the Bundesliga side in the summer, which could allow the Gunners the opportunity to sign the player on a free transfer.

Attacking options

Wenger is hopeful of adding to his attacking options in the summer by signing Meyer from Schalke.

He believes that he can attract the player to the Premier League by offering him the chance to play alongside Mesut Ozil in midfield.

The north Londoners however face stiff competition for Meyer’s signature from the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Milan, who are also interested.

Decision expected soon

Schalke CEO Christian Heidel refused to rule out the departure of Meyer but insisted the door remains open for him to stay.

The player is understood to be set to make his decision on where is future lays in the very near future.

Heidel said:

“Max will be deciding shortly if he wants to stay at Schalke past the summer.

Max is very happy here, Schalke is his home, we will try to make it him as comfortable financially as possible.

He is playing the best season of his life, and the coach has found a position for him that Max didn’t believe he could play.”

More on Meyer

The 22-year-old is considered to be one of Germany’s biggest up and coming talents, having already made an impressive 142 Bundesliga appearances.

In that time, he has managed an impressive combined total of 34 goals and assists in the German top tier.

One thing that makes Meyer such an exciting talent is his versatility, with his ability to play anywhere in midfield.

 

Major blow in Arsenal’s hopes of signing 22-year-old Santi Cazorla replacement

Major blow in Arsenal’s hopes of signing 22-year-old Santi Cazorla replacement – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Arsene Wenger has been dealt a bitter blow in his hopes of signing a long-term replacement for Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla, and it could be Bayern Munich’s fault.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the perennial Bundesliga champions are looking to sign Schalke midfielder Max Meyer on a free transfer this summer. The 22-year-old was lined up by Arsenal to solve their midfield problems, but it appears his future may remain in Germany.

He’s made 20 Bundesliga appearances this season, averaging a tackle or interception every 15 minutes, while boasting a 90% pass completion ratio. It’s not hard to see why Arsenal want him.

Bayern have already secured the signature of Meyer’s teammate Leon Goretzka, and the Gunners could be powerless to stop another Schalke midfielder making the switch to the Allianz Arena, however. It’s potentially bad news for Wenger, as he’s been desperate for a midfielder capable of replacing the injured Cazorla.

Arsenal have Granit Xhaka, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny as their first-team options in the engine room, having sold Francis Coquelin to Valencia in January, and it seems there’s flaws with all four players.

Xhaka struggles with discipline and his defensive duties, and takes too many risks in possession. Wilshere is a fantastic playmaker but can never be trusted over a full season due to his injury troubles.

Ramsey is currently recovering from an injury layout and has been a regular when fit, but his tendencies to leave the midfield vacant when searching for a goal mean a defensive option is required alongside him. As for Elneny, Arsenal tried to sell him last summer.

If Meyer goes to Bayern, Arsenal will have to go back to the drawing board to find a player who can provide the high-levels of ball retention that Cazorla could, coupled with creating chances and adhering to one’s defensive duties.

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