Arsenal have set their sights on Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Julian Brandt, according to Christian Falk. The link has been mooted for some time now and the midfielder would fit the bill as the Gunners are in the market for a creative midfielder.
Arsenal Looking to Sign Julian Brandt
Is Brandt the Answer to Arsenal’s Lack of Creativity?
Arsenal clearly need a creative midfielder. The lack of creativity has seen the Gunners scoring just 16 goals in the Premier League this season. They have also struggled to breakdown defences when they have used the low-blocks against them. In fact, only the bottom three clubs and Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored fewer goals than Arsenal this season.
Julian Brandt is one of the best young talented midfielders in Germany. The attacking midfielder had a great 2019/20 season with Borussia Dortmund that saw him making scoring seven goals and making 12 assists in 42 appearances. This season, though, he has not had the same impact as the season before and has managed just one goal and one assist in 22 matches. Moreover, the rise of Giovanni Reyna this season has also been a very big factor for the German lack of appearances.
According to Falk, the Gunners have already started making moves to make the transfer happen.
In quotes carried out by Sport Witness Falk said: “We know that the scouts have already made important moves and the club is also actively discussing it in the dressing room. It’s no secret that they don’t feel Julian Brandt is as valued at Dortmund as he imagined he would be when he made the transfer.
“Whether a transfer will take place is still a bit open, the winter (January) is perhaps a bit too short notice so it could be a summer thing. We also know he has connections (at Arsenal), youth director Per Mertesacker has the same agents as him, and he is a bit tempted to come to London. I could very well imagine it coming true.”
Arsenal Looking to Trim the Squad
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has revealed that several players will be leaving the Arsenal squad during the January transfer window. Sead Kolasniac became the first player to depart the club after he completed a loan move to rejoin his former side Schalke.
Speaking to the media, Arteta said: “Well, we have a large squad. We knew that. A lot of things that should have happened in the summer we could not accomplish them for different reasons. There are a lot of players that are going to go on loan. They are going to leave. And that’s the priority at the moment because we cannot sustain the numbers that we have in certain positions We are looking to do that.”