Reliable transfer source says Bayern man would be 'perfect' Gunner

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Bayern Munich midfielder would be a "perfect" addition in Arsene Wenger's roster of players at Arsenal.

The media professional who first reported on former Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil's mega-money transfer to Arsenal last summer, Jan Aage Fjortoft, has spoken out over the suitability of another Gunners midfield target - Bayern Munich misfit Javi Martinez.

According to Fjortoft, Martinez would be a "perfect" addition for Arsene Wenger's side.

At various points throughout the season, clubs like Chelsea have demonstrated the advantages of fielding two defensive midfielders in a 4-2-3-1 set-up when tasked with taking on a fellow elite-level Premier League team - with David Luiz and Nemanja Matic both selected against Arsenal during the famous 6-0 victory for the Stamford Bridge side in March.

Arsenal, in contrast, were found out, as Mathieu Flamini was the only recognisable defensive-minded player positioned in front of the bank of four defenders, while Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud were either tasked with passing or attacking responsibility.

A defensive midfield recruit, therefore, makes sense for when Wenger and Arsenal are scheduled to face a big club, like Chelsea, or any tough away game domestically or abroad, as Flamini has been crying out for a disciplined and reliable partner.

That player could be Martinez, a man who has fallen out of favour with Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, only made seldom appearances in the Bundesliga this season but, argues Fjortoft "can be the hardworking battler/ball-wrinner in midfield. He can also play centre back… he would be a perfect player for Arsenal."

Aged 25, Martinez - a fully-capped Spain international - is valued by transfermarkt.co.uk at £32.5m yet could be available for less than that figure.

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