What Arsenal and Manchester United can learn from Borussia Dortmund right now

Arsenal v Dortmund

The German club are reported to have signed a player who was linked with the Red Devils. What better arguments did they have?

Borussia Dortmund were very unfortunate this week when they were eliminated by Real Madrid from the Champions League on Tuesday. Despite an exciting match and a 2-0 victory, they couldn’t wipe out the 0-3 defeat from the first leg.

Since then however they have made clear that they are willing to do anything to come back stronger next season.

On Wednesday they signed  Colombian striker Adrian Ramos for €12 million from Hertha Berlin, and only one day later they announced the signing of the midfielder Nuri Sahin, who has been playing for them on loan, for €7 million.

Today newspaper Bild reports that the defender Matthias Ginter also joined Borussia for an amount of €8 million.

Ginter was also linked with United and their manager David Moyes came even to Freiburg to watch him play live. Yet it appears Dortmund have beaten him to close the deal with the 20-year-old player.

At the moment it looks as if Arsenal could also lose the race for a player they are currently interested in. Both Sport1 and Kicker have reported, that Dortmund is now focusing on Nuremberg’s striker Josip Drmic and it’s not unlikely that this player might prefer to join the second placed team in the Bundesliga table rather than the fourth best team in the Premier League.

You could think that signing three players in three days directly after the elimination from the Champions League could be a panic reaction, but the truth is that these players didn’t cost a lot of money and have already showed their quality.

Ramos has scored 16 goals and given 7 assists in this season so far while playing for the average team of Hertha Berlin. He might be the replacement for Falcao at the World Cup if the Colombian top star doesn’t get fit on time after his injury. If Ramos plays a good World Cup his price would have gone up, so it was absolutely the correct decision to sign him now.

Sahin is playing for Dortmund on loan from Real Madrid and had been a key player for the German team before he went to Madrid. In the last 18 months he has played consistently a good role at Dortmund, so getting him back for only €7 million was also a good deal. Just the same as in Ginter’s case when you consider that he is currently the most promising young defender in the Bundesliga and might even be part of the German squad for the World Cup.

In contrast United and Arsenal hesitate to sign new players and make it difficult like that to convince top players to come to them. It might sound contradictory, but it would be easier for Toni Kroos to join United if he knew that they had already signed two or three other good players before him. 

The situation with Drmic is similar. Right now Dortmund are not only a better team than Arsenal but also make the impression that they are working harder to improve their squad for the next season. So why should he join the Gunners then?

Maybe United and Arsenal want to wait until the World Cup before they sign new players. That could be a risky situation though, because it is always an advantage for the coach to know ahead of time which new players will join the squad.

There are also plenty of examples of players who shone at a World Cup and had a lousy season afterwards. Next season we will see which strategy was more successful.

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