Arsenal are doing their very best to sweep the bad news under the carpet on deadline day, with the announcement of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil’s contract extension. But, it appears Arsenal’s business is yet to be concluded, and fans could be in for an extremely exciting evening as Gazidis, Mislintat and co. scramble to improve the strength of the squad.
A centre back appears to be Arsenal’s top priority, but reports in Germany have emerged that Max Meyer, the highly talented German winger could be on his way to the Emirates. The young Shalke star has less than six months to run on his current deal, leaving the club backed into a corner. Should they sell him now, or lose him on a free in the summer? He has been linked with a move to both Liverpool and Tottenham in recent months.
If Arsenal were to make a move for him now, they would face strong competition from Barcelona, who have fancied Meyer for some time. The alternative is to open talks now, and offer him a deal to sign in the summer, in the same way they did with Sead Kolasinac, who they pinched from the same club last year.
If Arsenal can get this one over the line today, it would make sense. The fee is likely to be low, as Meyer is desperately out of form, failing to score or assist in his 15 Bundesliga appearances so far this term. This kind of form would ensure his exit wasn’t a huge loss for Shalke for the remainder of the season, but a fresh environment and a new start could kick start his career.
From Arsenal’s perspective, moving now would allow them to rebuild his confidence and integrate him with the team over the next six months, thus putting him in a much stronger position to perform next season. The adaption process to the Premier League generally takes time, and if Arsenal can fast track this, they could have one hell of a player next season.
Signing Meyer now would also give the team an added lift for the run in this year. Although he may not hit the ground running, he’s at a level above that of Iwobi and Welbeck, making him an attractive impact option in tight games. This is something Arsenal could have desperately done with last night.
With a number of new signings, big name signings, arriving in this window, the squad will have a fresh impetus, and the new lads will help each other settle. This process would also benefit Meyer for next season, and his youthful demeanour (22) would add some young legs to a squad that is starting to look a little on the aging side.