Arsenal have hit back in their transfer war with Bayern Munich by contacting the club regarding one of their stars.
The Bavarians have been linked with a move for Arsenal regulars Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny, with the defender adding further speculation after an outburst stating he would leave if the club doesn’t show more ambition, although a summer departure is unlikely.
However reports have emerged that Arsenal have made an inquiry about Austrian international David Alaba of Bayern. He has been ever present in the team for the past two years and was an integral part of the side as they won a historic treble this year.
The Gunners have caused some concern at the German club though with the North London outfit offering the player a midfield role, something the player is keen on. Despite being the Bayern’s first choice left-back, Alaba sees his future in the centre of midfield.
“The club sees me at the moment as a left defender., but I see myself as a central midfielder, and also have all of that in mind I try to stay quiet, but it is. a goal of mine, in Bavaria to be a central midfield regular.” Alaba exclaimed.
His preference would be to remain at the club, but the current midfield is well stocked with Javi Martinez, Luiz Gustavo and Bastian Schweinsteiger operating the holding midfield role and Xherdan Shaqiri, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller playing more advanced. There are also the reinforcements of Sebastian Rode and Mario Gotze this summer.
Arsenal’s search for a defensive midfielder presents Alaba with the perfect chance to establish himself as a midfield man. Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramey and Jack Wilshere have all been played as the anchor in midfield for the Gunners last season, none of which their natural positions. With Alaba playing in defence for the past two seasons and experience at winning silverware, he could offer Arsenal a lot.
Arsene Wenger would also be getting a utility man that could double-up as a back up left-back or left-winger should he need Alaba to play there.
Alaba is contracted until 2015 and is regarded very highly at the Allianz Arena so if they are resigned to losing the treasured asset then they will demand a high price which could also involve a part-exchange would could weaken the Gunners even more than Alaba’s arrival would strengthen them.
Arsenal are currently in a transitional period and need to keep all of their players over the summer, especially Koscielny with the French centre-back becoming one of Arsenals most reliable and consistent performers.