The World Cup seems to have fired up the rumour mill, as only two days into the tournament and Arsenal have been linked with yet another player.

Since new boss Unai Emery arrived, the Gunners have been lumped in with a raft of players. Stephan Lichtsteiner has already been announced and Dortmund defender Sokratis is nearly confirmed too. With Germany keeper Bernd Leno and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira in talks to join, and a few others reportedly in the pipeline, it seems that Emery’s Christmas wish list is ticked off, but the list doesn’t stop there.

Today’s name to be reportedly interested in a switch to The Emirates is Germany international Mario Gotze. The man who scored his country’s winning goal in the 2014 World Cup Final has seen tough times since his glory goal. A move to Bayern Munich did not pay off, and a move back to Dortmund was in a bid to regain the form that made him one of the most promising youngsters in the world.

Gotze hasn’t been able to recapture the form though, with injuries and switches to his position disrupting any rhythm he forged. Now he has been snubbed for his country’s latest World Cup squad, which may well be the final straw for Gotze in the Bundesliga.

Other clubs are reportedly interested in the playmaker, such as West Ham and Everton and they could afford his wages. Gotze will want European football of some form though, and a move to Arsenal could be the perfect match.

This could well be a story where an unhappy player who fits a certain style is then matched up with a club for the sake of a rumour - but every now and then there is no smoke without fire.

Emery does have Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey who can play in the playmaker role, but Gotze is adaptable and can play out wide as well. Either way, it’s yet another player who could be interested in a switch but if it were to happen, then it would almost definitely follow a departure from our current squad.

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