Arsenal are interested in signing Mario Gotze, according to Bild.
The 63-cap German international has endured a rough time since his signature World Cup-winning goal in 2014, struggling with form and injuries during a dismal spell at Bayern Munich.
The former prodigy left Bavaria in 2016 to re-sign with his boyhood club where he has enjoyed something of a renaissance, scoring seven goals and providing seven in assists in the Bundesliga this season.
With just one year left on his current deal, Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on his situation.
Gotze’s dramatic fall from German football’s poster child to irrelevant understudy can be at least partially explained by horrendous luck.
Muscular injuries hampered his time at Bayern and a rare metabolic illness sidelined him for seven months, essentially forcing the attacking midfielder to hit re-start on his career.
Despite his fall from grace now is the time for Arsenal to pounce on the perfect Mesut Ozil replacement. Unai Emery’s frustrations with their top-earner are well documented, but a lack of financially viable replacements has helped make any departure difficult.
Gotze is that affordable and talented option.
Finally injury-free and still yet to truly enter his prime years, the Bayern flop has another opportunity to realise his potential. Criticised for his attitude in the past, the midfielder’s injury struggles and poor form seem to have had a humbling effect and made him determined to succeed.
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The Dortmund playmaker’s team-first comments after struggling for playing time earlier this season under Lucian Favre support this mental growth.
Gotze’s failed explosion of seven years ago could finally be ready to take flight and Arsenal need to grab hold before it’s too late.