Max Meyer emerged as a late January target for Arsenal, but reports in Germany have stated that Beyern Munich have joined the running for the talented midfielder. The Bavarian giants are keen to add him to their squad following the signing of his Shalke teammate Leon Goretzka, who penned a pre contract agreement last month.
Bayern’s interest comes as a bit of a surprise considering the strength of their midfield, however logical considering their obsession with adding every talented German player, regardless of game time. From Meyer’s perspective, he must think carefully about this as he is at a pivotal point of his development, and a few seasons of sitting on the bench could undo the good work he’s done over the last two seasons.
This season, he has made the deep lying role his own, making the most of his engine and delivering stand out performances week in, week out. It’s meant his game has changed, which is a big reason behind the fact he hasn’t scored this season. At Bayern he would be competing with Tolisso and Vidal for a spot in this area, and both players are at a higher level than him right now.
Rated at just £14.4m, Max will be a bargain purchase for Arsenal if they could pull it off. If he was to move to Arsenal, he would find himself playing alongside Aaron Ramsey, a man who tirelessly makes runs from one box to another. The ground covered by both would make them difficult to defend against, and increase Arsenal’s energy instantly. But, it would also fail to address Arsenal’s holding midfield problem.
Arsenal reportedly see Meyer as a Santi Cazorla replacement due to his technical ability, dazzling dribbling ability and comfort with both feet. Like Cazorla, Meyer has the ability to play himself out of trouble, and start attacks from deep.
When Cazorla played in this role, he played alongside Francis Coquelin, and the pair thrived. Coquelin’s disciplined defensive displays give Cazorla the freedom to express his vast talents, allowing him to see more of the ball than any other player on the pitch. With Coquelin leaving the club in January, Arsenal no longer have a holding midfielder, with Granit Xhaka the closest option they have, and it’s fair to say he is far from the perfect solution.
If Arsenal were to compete for Meyer, they must use the money they are saving on a transfer fee to add an orthodox holder like Fabinho. Adding the pair would see the strength of Arsenal’s starting XI increase, as well as the depth, which could be vital if a title challenge is to be fashioned.