Arsenal failed in €40m bid for Manchester United’s midfield target

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A lot has been made about Arsenal’s five signings on deadline day.

It seems the Gunners faithful is split 50/50 on whether or not Arsenal’s business in the transfer window was good or bad, and on the basis of the Premier League title odds you could say it was indifferent.

Arsenal remain as big as 40/1 to win the Premier League despite bringing in Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos and Park Chu-Young on deadline day – however that price would have shortened had they landed Wenger’s main target.

Reports out of Germany yesterday claim that Arsenal made a €40m bid for 19-year-old German international Mario Gotze – a target of Manchester United.

In the days leading up to deadline day Gotze had told the Borussia Dortmund hierarchy that he would stick around this season but may look for a move elsewhere next summer, and it seems the German club have plenty of faith in the youngster.

There is no doubt that Gotze is one of the standout young talents in world football but for Dortmund to turn down €40m suggests they think he can get even better this season.

€40m is more than Barcelona have spent on Cesc Fabregas, a man who has been at the top of his game for some years now and there is still a slight risk with signing Gotze aged just 19.

Had Wenger signed Gotze he would have found himself in a catch-22 situation with the Arsenal fans who were begging for a marquee signing but also begging for some experience.

As things stand, it looks as if Arsenal have done a strong bit of business in the transfer window and the 40/1 quote for the title seems a little large.

While Arsenal fans will be disappointed in missing out on Gotze, they can be safe in the knowledge that Dortmund are well aware of their interest and another move is likely to be made for Gotze next summer.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.