Is £21m man the reason Arsenal shouldn't worry about losing Khedira to Chelsea?

Sami Khedira warming up

The Blues are said to be ready to offer Sami Khedira a pre-contract in January. But why would they when they have Nemanja Matic?

It feels like the summer transfer window has only just slammed shut.

But almost two months on, we are almost two months away from the January window - and that means the rumour mill shifts into second gear with a view to hitting top speed within a few weeks.

Around this time of year, Arsenal are central to that very rumour mill. And it usually has something to do with a defensive midfielder (or, in the past, a clinical striker).

On this occasion, it is no different, with the Gunners linked with Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.

Recent reports, however, suggest that Chelsea are ready to swoop for the German with a pre-contract in January, creating a situation similar to that of Cesc Fabregas - Arsenal reportedly wanted him back but refused the chance to make it a reality. Instead, Chelsea got their man.

Would the Blues signing Khedira at all make sense, though, when they have £21 million midfielder Nemanja Matic?

  Tackles WonInterceptions WonAccurate PassesAppsMins
César Azpilicueta 21 15 294 7 630
Branislav Ivanovic 18 12 256 7 630
Nemanja Matic 17 12 392 7 630
Cesc Fàbregas 8 7 515 7 621

As Opta stats show, Matic has been central to Chelsea's unbeaten Premier League run. Seven games in, the league leaders have relied on the Serb as their third-best tackler and second-best interceptor (tied with Branislav Ivanovic). Apart from Fabregas, meanwhile, he has completed the most passes in Jose Mourinho's squad.

So why would the Blues need Khedira?

Certainly, no squad is perfect - in Mourinho's own words - but a world-class midfielder is not signed to be a bench-warmer. For that role, John Obi Mikel is the perfect squad player at Stamford Bridge.

If Khedira were to start, it would be nonsensical to drop Matic or Fabregas. The only solution would be to push Fabregas higher up. Again, though, that would just ruffle a winning combination.

Chelsea's interest in the German, then, may appear a threat to Arsenal at first... But, when it comes to the practicality of the situation, the Gunners should not feel too downhearted about history repeating itself just yet.

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