Which club has a better chance of signing Ilkay Gundogan, Manchester United or Arsenal?

It’s shaping up to be a battle between Manchester United and Arsenal to sign Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan this winter.

The Premier League giants have both been connected with the German midfielder, with the latest reports suggesting that United are ready to make a move for the 22-year-old this January.

If Gundogan is destined for a switch to the Premier League then he has a very big decision to make because Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is unlikely to let him go to a rival without a fight.

Each side has different benefits and advantages in the race to sign the midfielder if he’s not going to stay on with Borussia Dortmund and sign a new contract beyond 2015.

Gundogan is apparently at odds with his current side over a new contract which means if talks through, he could be forced to consider a future away from Germany.

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The obvious advantage of going to Arsenal is not just the German presence at the club but the quality of the midfielders in Arsene Wenger’s squad.

The likes of Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and others means that Gundogan would be going into a squad where the midfielders already there could make him a better player.

Arsenal are also a side that are very exciting to watch at the moment. They’ve made a fantastic start to the season, Wenger has money to spend and there is genuine belief that Arsenal could win the league this season.

The advantage that Gundogan would have in choosing Manchester United is that he’d be a higher profile figure in that squad.

Arsenal have plenty of midfielders to compete with him for starting places but he’d be more assured of guaranteed football at Old Trafford.

That could appeal to a young man toying over the idea of a big move and it would give Gundogan the opportunity to stamp his influence over a Manchester United side, being a key component of that team over the next few seasons.

Manchester United also have an ace in the form of Shinji Kagawa, which they can use to their advantage in two different ways.

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The obvious benefit of Kagawa is that Dortmund may be more willing to let Gundogan leave if they can get Kagawa going back the other way, which leaves them at no disadvantage in terms of their own midfield.

However, if David Moyes has no intention of moving Kagawa on, United can use his Dortmund background to encourage Gundogan to move to Old Trafford over a switch to the Emirates Stadium.

It will be fascinating to see where he ends up if talks with his current club aren’t resolved but he’s definitely a talent worth fighting for.

How do you see this one panning out? Will he stay in Germany?

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