Arsenal scout Bundesliga star, January bid prepared

Arsenal have reportedly identified the man to rejuvenate their midfield according to Metro, with a January raid for Granit Xhaka on the cards after an intense scouting mission.

The Switzerland international has impressed for Borussia Monchengladbach over the last number of seasons and played a significant role in helping the club to qualify for the Champions League last term.

Xhaka, a product of the fabled FC Basel youth academy, brings both brawn and a solid range of passing to the table and is widely respected in the Bundesliga.

The report suggests that Arsene Wenger’s men have been watching the enforcer for some time and have decided to make a move for him when the transfer window reopens in the new year.

The Gunners have lacked a central midfield leader since the days of Patrick Vieira, with the Emirates Stadium faithful repeatedly urging the club to splurge on a new star to dominate the boiler room.