Reus, Gundogan or Bender – who should Arsenal be targeting in January?

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More Germans are on Wenger’s shopping list following the capture of Mesut Ozil to join compatriots Per Mertesacker and Lukas Polodski in north London.

After the club record deal to bring talented playmaker Mesut Ozil to Arsenal on transfer deadline day, the British media are suggesting that Arsene Wenger may well look to Germany for more players come January.

With Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski already at the north London club, Lars Bender and Dortmund pair Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus are being linked with switches to Arsenal.

Which of the three would be the best signing for the Emirates Stadium outfit?

Lars Bender

The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is well-regarded for his tireless work-rate and ability to break up opponents’ attacks, and Wenger is a known admirer of the 24-year-old.

After the departure of Alex Song to Barcelona, the Gunners have managed fairly well without an out-and-out ball-winning midfielder. However there is an argument to state that in tough games away from home someone like Bender would be a combative asset in the boiler room.

Ilkay Gundogan

One of the under-rated stars of Dortmund’s run to the Champions League final last term, Gundogan is a deep-lying playmaker with an outstanding range of passing.

Although a prodigious talent and a player sure to be prominent on the international stage for years to come, the Dortmund man’s attributes are similar to the likes of Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere. If he was to be signed it could give Wenger a selection headache.

Marco Reus

The most attacking of the three, Reus plays predominantly as a winger or attacking midfielder and has dazzled onlookers in the Bundesliga with his displays of individual skill.

Dortmund brought Reus to Signal Iduna Park as a replacement for Manchester United bound Shinji Kagawa and he is an important player for Jurgen Klopp’s men after Mario Gotze’s departure.

Arguably the most talented and technically able of the three, Reus would also command the highest transfer fee.

There is no doubt that any of the three players would be a hit at Arsenal and all of them will play a part in an immensely talented young Germany international team for years to come.

Reus would offer another attacking threat in the Arsenal forward line and would be an excellent signing. Whether the Gunners would be willing to pay the £30 million+ that would be needed to capture him remains to be seen after their splurge on Ozil.

Gundogan is a great player but very similar to what they have already got in the centre of the Arsenal midfield. As a result Bender would make the most sense to offer a bit of steel to the ball-playing skills already at Wenger’s disposal.

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