Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Arsenal on alert as Hummels wants to leave Dortmund

With the season nearing its end, Arsenal’s defensive frailties have been exposed once again. While Arsène Wenger is expected to stay for another season and honour his contract, the manager is aware of where the squad needs strengthening. Arsenal have been on alert as Hummels expressed his desire to leave Dortmund for a ‘new challenge’.

Mats Hummels in World Cup 2014 final

According to BILD, a German newspaper, Arsenal and Manchester United are keen on signing Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. Our understanding, however, is that he could also make a surprise switch to rivals Bayern München. The German defender is said to be looking for a new challenge, as his current contract with Dortmund expires in 2017.

Arsenal have struggled this season to field a stable CB partnership, with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel being inconsistent throughout the season. Wenger wants to start next season with a fully strengthened squad and he will be ruthless with his selections henceforth. Signing Hummels will be the first step in his plans for next season, as he believes in a strong defensive unit.

Hummels and Koscielny can prove to be a strong partnership for Arsenal and in order to challenge for the title, it will be a good start. Wenger has always maintained his stand on signing new players and he still believes that he will sign new players only if the right player is available. Hummels fits his philosophy and wants to move, which makes Arsenal a possible destination for the German international. 


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