Arsenal have surprised many already in this transfer window by signing three experienced, quality international players. The consensus among fans at the moment is that Arsenal are on the verge of returning to former glory, challenging for trophies and eventually winning the Premier League. Most fans however feel that in order for those dreams to be realised, the rest of the transfer window must play out in a certain way and for a few more deals to fall into place.
So far, the Gunners have strengthened the strike and attacking midfield department more than sufficiently, bringing in forwards Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud as well as attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla; this threesome will be expected to shoulder the brunt of the goal-scoring burden in the coming season. Most feel than now is the time for Arsene Wenger to recruit in other areas of the pitch in which Arsenal are lacking, What Culture looks at the most suitable candidates to do a job for the Gunners on their way to the title.
1. Nuri Sahin
The most likely of the army of supposed Arsenal transfer targets to actually move to North London is Turkish central-midfielder Nuri Sahin. The 23 year old signed for Real Madrid last summer after being the orchestrator for Borussia Dortmund in their league-winning campaign. Back then he was seen as an incredibly promising talent, Madrid forked out 12 million Euros for his signature and gave him Zinedine Zidane’s hallowed number 5 shirt.
Nuri Sahin was earmarked for success at an early age, and the news of his choice to play for Turkey rather than Germany was met with great excitement in the Turkish footballing world. Sahin is the star of the national team, having made 31 appearances for the Turkey to date, with a further 40 caps for Turkey’s youth teams.
The Turk also had a bright start to his club career, making his debut for Borussia Dortmund aged 16, as the youngest ever Bundesliga player at the time. He became an integral part of the Dortmund line-up over the years, culminating in him being voted Dortmund’s player of the year for the 2010-11 season, (beating the likes of Mario Goetze, Shinji Kagawa and Robert Lewandowski to the accolade)
Following his dream move to Madrid, he was unlucky with an injury that hampered his efforts to make a mark at the club early on, and he was unable to force his way into the side, in a position occupied by none other than Xabi Alonso. His current situation means that he will find playing time limited next season, with a loan away from the Bernabeu seen as the best move for his career. He remains however undoubtedly a prodigiously talented player, with attributes that would greatly benefit Arsenal in the forthcoming season.
He plays a deep lying midfield role, similar to Arsenal’s own Song or Arteta, which means that he would provide excellent depth in that position (especially seeing as Song is being linked with Barca). Sahin is also equally capable of playing a slightly more advanced role, thus providing cover for the injury-stricken duo of Wilshere and Rosicky. His recent deployment as a left-back by Jose Mourinho in pre-season is fantastic because it would mean that he could cover that position too, making Sahin a true utility player that would greatly benefit a team like the Gunners, infamous for their injury list. These qualities make Sahin a contender to be the missing puzzle piece in Arsenal’s hunt for trophies; and in my opinion he’s definitely worth a chance as he wouldn’t cost the club a penny in transfer fees.
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