Perfect Podolski replacement Mario Gotze's agent is angry, now Arsenal must splash the cash

Mario Gotze with ball Germany

Why Arsene Wenger must test the waters and see if he can now lure Mario Gotze to Arsenal.

With Mario Gotze's agent admitting his anger over the way his client has been treated at Bayern, there is no better time for Arsenal to renew interest in the German international.

Gotze's agent Volker Struth told newspaper BILD he was disappointed with the way Pep Guardiola had been using the World Cup winner.

He said: "Guardiola has destroyed Mario. Gotze feels that the coach does not trust him.

"Götze plays only the easy games, and I'm surprised that no one understands and defends the Bayern Munich (instead). I'm surprised to see that Guardiola did not play him in big games, like the semi-finals of the German Cup and Champions League."

The 23-year-old played 32 Bundesliga games last season, starting 28 of them.

He has largely progressed well at Bayern, winning two titles, and has scored 30 goals in 93 games, a better rate than he did at Borussia Dortmund, 31 in 116.

Perfect fit

Arsenal are looking for a player to replace Lukas Podolski, sold to Galatasaray this weekend, and Gotze could be just the man to fill his number nine shirt.

Gotze can play in different positions across the attack, including up front, but he played most frequently for Bayern last season on the left side of attack, a similar role to which Podolski recently filled at Arsenal.

It's unlikely Gotze would have any trouble fitting in at Arsenal either alongside international teammates Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker.

Past interest, and could they afford it?

Arsene Wenger is a keen admirer of the international star, linked by The Mail with 'breaking the bank' to sign Gotze back in 2012.

The Telegraph reported just in May that Arsenal were still keen on the player who is the same age as Jack Wilshere. Gotze was valued in that report at £30 million, but Bayern would be reluctant sellers and the price could go to £40 million plus.

Arsenal do have the financial capability to do this, as showed with the signing of Mesut Ozil two years ago. Gotze could be worth every penny, and given the comments of his agent, Arsenal should move now to see if their luck is finally in.

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