Creative necessity falls on Brandt
Arsenal's need for a creative addition in January is clear and the focus lately has been on Dortmund's Borussia midfielder Julian Brandt. The Gunners have been associated with a number of creative midfielders including Husem Auar, Dominik Soboshlai, Amy Buendía and Christian Eriksen.
The Athletic said that after missing Hungarian Red Bull Salzburg's prodigy, the Gunners considered the transfer of the former Bayer's attacking midfielder from Leverkusen.
The creative problems at Arsenal are in part due to Mikel Arteta himself. After the club failed to get a creative addition over the summer, Arteta decided to expel Mesut Ozil from the Premier League and thus left himself a born, central, senior creative player.
This is a very difficult time for everyone at the club - not just me. The situation is disappointing for everyone. Of course, I would like to help the team, especially right now, but until I have a chance, I just hope that we will achieve better results again very soon. https://t.co/hEplnf75m3
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As such, this resulted in many different formations and combinations in the front line, but ultimately there was no creative spark that has since led to a drought of heads for the Gunners.
The only natural options would be Joe Willock, who could even be described more as a central midfielder, and Emile Smith-Rowe, who has shown glimpses of brilliance, but only glimpses due to the lack of minutes entrusted to him this season.
So it seems like it's only a matter of time before Arsenal make the fatal rush into the January window in an attempt to sign a top-notch creative midfielder.
Who is Julian Brandt?
101 spoke with Get German Football News author and all-round German football expert Andrew Thompson.
“Arsenal fans have long appealed to Julian Brandt at the club, but they may not quite understand who he is as a player.
At Leverkusen, his creative influence from various positions showed that he was a very modern attacking player. A product of the Bremen and Wolfsburg Academy, capable of acting both on the flank and in the central attacking role, it is the perfect combination of technical prowess and tactical versatility.
However, this is not all that has been planned for this season for the former medal winner Fritz Walter U17 (silver) and U18 (gold).
With the rise and fall of Dortmund's performance under the now-departed Lucien Favre, Brandt saw his performance - and the minutes - hit hard. Having started in just six of Di Schwarzgelben's thirteen Bundesliga matches, the German player may well have a fresh start.
His technical ability and creative prowess, as well as a ruthlessly effective left foot, would seem to be the perfect fit to fit the template for left-handed center Mikel Arteta in the alleged midfield three for the Basque director.
However, he has something to offer either his current employer or Arsenal, given the recent references to interest from the Gunners through Athletic. "
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