With only 180 minutes of football left of the Arsenal season and just 90 of that being of Premier league, the summer transfer window has been seen by many as opened with a huge number of player being linked with a move to the Emirates.
Arsenal have reportedly been alerted by the news that Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez is seeking to leave the club.
Wenger tried to sign Martinez ahead of the 2012-13 season as a replacement for the outgoing Alex Song. But Arsenal were blown out of the water by Bayern who met the midfielder’s £32million release clause.
However, Wenger remains a huge admirer of Martinez and would jump at the chance of landing the midfielder, who can also play centre-back – as Arsenal will look to strengthen their central midfield, among other positions, in the summer.
The Gunners, originally wanted to bring in Lars Bender, but the German international has said he will be staying with Bayer Leverkusen. Bender as reported by Metro said,
‘I signed my new contract until 2019, and that should have told everyone how happy I am at Leverkusen.
“I feel settled here and see no reason to change anything.
This has now prompted Wenger to look at other options available to him, and the tidy Spain international certainly fits the bill having won the quadruple with Bayern in 2012-13 season.
The 25-year-old, who cost the German giants a club record fee of £31.6m from Athletic Bilbao in 2012, has only started 13 Bundesliga matches under Pep Guardiola this season, and is becoming increasingly frustrated at the Allianz Arena.
Despite a lack of match time this season, the Gunners will still have to pay around £28m for the midfielder who still has three years left on his contract. With the Gunners also looking towards Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin as a possible option should this move fall through.