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Arsenal Set to Rival London Giants For This Bayern Munich Sensation: Why They Must Make It Happen

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If a report from the Express is believed to be true, Arsenal are set to rival Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur for the signing of Leroy Sane in the upcoming window. The German sensation parted ways with Manchester City to join Bayern Munich last summer. But his underwhelming spell back in the homeland might see him scripting a Premier League return.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are the frontrunners considering their flying form both at home as well as abroad. The revolution under Thomas Tuchel has been staggering and the German chief, a fan of Sane’s outrageous talent, would be the driving force behind any potential deal.

Arsenal, on the other hand, are desperate to overcome the ongoing conundrum and have made hefty spending to reconstruct the squad. Martin Ødegaard, Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Aaron Ramsdale and Nuno Tavares are the notable summer inclusions, however, the Gunners are sitting rock bottom with three defeats in as many league games so far this campaign.

Arsenal target Leroy Sane in action with Germany
Leroy Sane Deutschland Germany – Stuttgart 05.09.2021: Deutschland vs. Armenien, Mercedes-Benz Arena Stuttgart *** Leroy Sane Germany Germany Stuttgart 05 09 2021 Germany vs Armenia, Mercedes Benz Arena Stuttgart

Why Arsenal Need Someone Of Sane’s Stature To Turn Things Around

Although they have mostly focused on bolstering the backline, Mikel Arteta has a herculean task of uplifting the frontline. They are highly reliant on academy graduates like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe down the wide ahead of Nicolas Pepe who cost them an astronomical £72m transfer fee a couple of summers ago. The Ivorian has been dreadful since making the transfer from Lille and the North Londoners must opt for another high-profile wide attacking option to strengthen themselves high up the pitch.

Sane made his presence known in the European circuit soon after making his senior debut with Schalke at the age of 18. City stepped in to secure his services back in the summer of 2016 and his flair down the flanks helped them attain enormous success in terms of silverware.

Bayern, on the other hand, were keen on the 25-year-old since 2019. A torn ACL delayed the transfer for a year and the attacking ace is still struggling to settle down with the Bavarians. Despite his ability to feature from both the flanks, Die Mannschaft international has been more prolific from the left. Julian Nagelsmann must be determined to make it work and is unlikely to let one of his prized assets depart in the forthcoming future.

Having said that, every player has a price. Arsenal are desperate to turn things around at the Emirates whereas the spending power of the Blues might lead to an intriguing transfer battle in due time.

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