Arsenal legend claims Gunners will win Premier League if Chelsea, Man United target signs in January

Sami Khedira

Perry Groves believes that Arsenal will win the Premier League if they sign Sami Khedira in January.

Real Madrid star Khedira is one of the most in-demand talents in world football, with contract talks at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium stalling with a host of Premier League sides interested.

Chelsea and Arsenal were said to be close to signing the midfielder over the summer, but he remained with the Spanish Champions League winners, and Manchester United and Manchester City have also reportedly joined the race to sign the World Cup winning 27-year-old.

Despite his talents, Madrid are seemingly unwilling to meet his demands, and it is looking increasingly likely that he will leave the club in the coming months, undoubtedly strengthening whichever side he signs for, and former Arsenal winger Perry Groves believes that the Gunners will win the Premier League this season if Khedira completes a switch to the Emirates in January.

Groves, who made over 150 appearances for the Gunners between 1986 and 1992, told Standard Sport that the club need to strengthen the defensive midfield area if they intend to seriously challenge for the title, claiming that Khedira would be the difference between Arsenal challenging for the Premier League, or them winning it.

He said: “They need to strengthen that defensive midfield area and the one that stands out in my mind is Khedira. He would be perfect for them.

“Khedira knows that role. He has the physicality and a great passing range. His attitude is good with a great winning mentality and it wouldn’t take him too long to settle because he would have his three German team-mates with him.

“He would give Arsenal something different. A lot of their midfield players are very similar, very technically gifted players but Khedira will win the ball back to allow others to go and play. He’s proved he can handle life at a massive club and he could fit straight in.

“If Arsenal can get their injured players back while making sure the gap to the top doesn’t get too big with Chelsea and City then they have a chance to challenge for the title. If they can get to within six or seven points by the time the January transfer window opens and then sign Khedira, they could win it.”

It is still impossible to see where Khedira will end up if he does leave Madrid in January, although, if Arsenal let the German international switch to one of their Premier League rivals, not only will they fail to win the league, they will once again fall further away from the true powers in the top flight of English football.

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