Why Arsenal are the best English club for Ilkay Gundogan

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Arsenal are reportedly considering a £20 million offer for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

The 22-year-old has already been strongly linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea this summer but Arsenal could be a very good club for the young German if it’s a deal which is based on truth and a deal they can pull off.

Arsenal have not been afraid to suggest this summer that they will pay big and go after the best players if Arsene Wenger thinks those players can improve the squad he already has and increase the club’s chances of success.

Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has been very protective over Gundogan this summer because he knows what a top class and high quality player he is, as someone who could improve the midfield of several top sides around Europe.

The main reason Arsenal is a better proposition for him at the moment than Chelsea or Manchester United is because of the philosophy that Wenger has instilled over the current crop of midfielders at the club.

When Arsenal are bang in form, they create a reminder of years gone by when they play literally unplayable football, dominating possession and building pressure over the opposition until they crack.

Gundogan has been raised at a club with a similar ideology and it’s significant that there are so many high quality young players in the current Arsenal midfield and squad.

Gundogan has been used to playing alongside players like Marco Reus and Mario Gotze, who has just joined Bayern Munich. That has given him several players to relate to on a personal level and players who have helped his game develop on a professional level.

It’s significant because Arsenal have Jack Wilshere in their squad with the likes of Aaron Ramsey also present, means the way Gundogan goes about his life as a professional player, when it comes down to the football, doesn’t have to change too much.

Add to that the experience of Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla and Gundogan is also protected by the older players in the side. That’s significant because Gundogan is a player who could be targeted by other sides.

Another main reason that Arsenal is a better proposition is the boss. David Moyes and Jose Mourinho have experience of working with younger players but Wenger has been doing it for a longer period of time.

Gundogan knows that if he goes to Arsenal, he is guaranteed to be a better player by the time he either retires or is sold on by the club, with another huge side likely to be sniffing around for his services.

Wenger has a track record of taking players, coaching them and improving their technique to the point where they are fundamentally better footballers by the time their association with Arsenal ends.

Arsenal have the cash to make this move happen so if they can ease any fears or worries that Gundogan would have over joining Arsenal, he would be a fantastic addition to the club.

What do you think? Are Arsenal the best English club for Gundogan?

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