According to SportBild, as cited by Daily Mail, Thomas Muller is keen to leave Bayern Munich after spending most of the time on the bench under Niko Kovac. The German international has been linked with a move to Premier League in the past, and a transfer to England could finally be a possibility, it seems.
Arsenal, to that end, could emerge as one of the potential suitors for Muller if he leaves Bayern next season. But, is he a good option for the Gunners?
Muller’s recent struggles at Bayern
Muller is one of a few academy players still playing at Bayern Munich at the moment. But unlike fellow academy graduate David Alaba, the German has struggled at the Allianz Arena ever since the departure of Pep Guardiola, with whom he had enjoyed the best years of his career.
Indeed, Muller, who was touted as a lethal goalscorer, has had a massive dip in his goals tally since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti. As a matter of fact, the German World Cup winner has scored only 19 goals since the start of 2016/17 campaign, which is one less than what he managed in his last season under Guardiola (20 in 2015/16).
His form has just gotten worse under Kovac, who has often overlooked the German in favour of the likes of Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman. And with Bayern signing Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic this summer, it’s unlikely Muller has any future at the club.
Is Muller a good option for Arsenal?
Arsenal have spent a fortune this summer, notably signing the likes of Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe. But, they also got rid of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who joined AS Roma on loan while Alex Iwobi moved to Everton. As for Mesut Ozil, his days at the Emirates are likely numbered.
Henceforth, Muller appears as a viable option for Arsenal in their bid to further strengthen their attacking unit. The 30-year-old can be utilised as an alternative for Ozil while he can also be deployed in the attack, alongside someone like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette.
The Bayern Munich superstar has a wealth of experience at the highest level of football, and his ingenuity in the final third could open up more space for the likes of Pepe and Co. However, it’s also fair to point out that at the age of 30, Muller cannot be considered as a long-term option.
But, his experience and quality could enhance the quality of the Arsenal attack, filled with a bunch of young, talented individuals.
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