Arsenal In Pole Position in pursuit of Bundesliga star

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Arsenal already have a wealth of creative attacking talent at their disposal but, as the old saying goes, you can never have too much of a good thing.

That appears to be the philosophy being adopted by Arsene Wenger as he reportedly closes in on the acquisition of another much sought-after talent.

According to the Express, who have picked up on reports emanating out of Germany, the Gunners have their sights locked on Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi.

There clearly seems to be something in that Christian name which appeals to Wenger, with attention having shifted to the highly-rated 25-year-old after efforts to lure Karim Benzema away from Real Madrid came to nothing.

Bellarabi is no like-for-like replacement on that front, with his game more about tormenting defences and picking their lock than providing the finishing touches to the opportunities he creates.

Arsenal clearly have history when it comes to snapping up that sort of quality, though, and it is easy to understand why their gaze has drifted towards the Bundesliga market.

While the Emirates Stadium ranks are loaded with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Joel Campbell, their collective injury record offers cause for concern.

With Arsenal determined to end their 12-year wait for title success in 2016, and with Premier League betting experts still fancying them to go well in that particular pursuit, strength in depth and cover for absentees – be that through fitness issues or suspension – will be essential.

Bellarabi, were he to be signed, would provide international calibre options at a vital stage of the season.

It is understood that Arsenal have already opened discussions regarding a possible January switch, with Wenger eager to move ahead of the chasing pack as interest in the services of the Germany international mounts.

Moving quickly for top targets has not always been a strength of the Gunners boss, but he appears to have learned his lesson and will be determined to ensure that the transfer door is not knocked ajar for a rival.

Manchester United and Barcelona are also said to be mulling over a New Year approach for Bellarabi, and pipping that duo to his signature would be considered quite a coup – especially when you take into account that Arsenal are struggling to carry their involvement in this season’s Champions League through to 2016.

They clearly remain an attractive proposition, though, and should have little trouble finding the reported £15million it will take to break a contract due to run until 2020.

Any Arsenal supporters wanting to take a look at what they could be getting in January would be advised to catch Germany’s upcoming friendlies against France and Holland, with Bellarabi part of Joachim Low’s latest squad.

Unfortunately, Ozil – who could have had a quiet word in his ear – has not been included, but former Gunner Lukas Podolski is and Wenger will be hoping he only has positive words to say if asked for his opinion, despite his career in England ending on a rather frustrating note.

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