Speculation has been rife this morning that Arsenal will pay tens of millions to try and make German midfielder Mesut Ozil the first superstar signing of the summer for the Gunners.
However, sources in Spain have cast doubt over the move suggesting that Ozil still very much has a future at Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti despite the imminent arrival of Gareth Bale adding to the squad.
The natural reaction could be another missed opportunity from within Arsenal supporter circles but missing out on Ozil may not be such a bad thing for the club.
One of Arsenal’s best players so far this season has been Aaron Ramsey, a player who would naturally be pushed down the pecking order at Arsenal should the club complete the signing of Ozil.
Ramsey finally seems to have hit some of his best form in Arsenal colours after a prolonged period of time, scratching around trying to find his best position and his best role in a very talented midfield bunch.
It’s that midfield part of the squad which is another reason why it may not be the worst thing in the world if the Gunners don’t convince Ozil to sign on the dotted line.
The blend of youth, experience and quality in Arsenal’s midfield is superb with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere presenting a dominant trio when all are fit.
That’s ably supported by the quality of Ramsey as well as fringe players like Tomas Rosicky, who has proved that he can still be a very competent player for Arsenal in the middle.
Arsene Wenger has always approached his signings, looking at what they can offer his team that he doesn’t already have.
The quality side of Ozil’s game is already provided through Cazorla and Wilshere while the experience is covered by Arteta.
There are other sections of the squad such as the back four and the attack which should be more of a concern to the Gunners today with the potential arrival of Pablo Hernandez from Palermo as well as a defensive addition arguably more important.
In terms of the Real Madrid players Arsenal are being linked with, Angel di Maria and Karim Benzema should be more of a concern to Wenger because they address a more direct need to the current squad.
Di Maria’s arrival would release Lukas Podolski to play a more preferred advanced striker role while Benzema’s arrival would provide competition to Olivier Giroud as well as potentially improving his all round game.
There is an awful lot of pressure on Wenger to do some business today and get a big name in but he can’t sign a big name player for the sake of doing just that.
What do you think? Is Ozil fundamentally necessary for Arsenal?