Shinji Kagawa has been a revelation for German champions since signing from second division side Cerezo Osaka in the summer of 2010, for a mere €350,000 euros. He’s taken to the upper echelons of football like a duck to water.
However, his form from last season dipped, and didn’t match the exploits of last term, but the Japanese International worked and soon after was one of the driving forces of a team just eliminated from Europe. Also, facing a long layoff for their at times talismanic youngster Mario Gotze, this saw him grow and take on more responsibilities in the Dortmund side.
His form grew stronger with it interest from other clubs. The long rumoured move to Manchester United has been circulating since last January. But, recently he’s been said to be on one Arsene Wenger’s wish list, and with a year remaining on his contract he’s rumoured to go at as little as 5 million euros. Astonishing value for an attacking midfielder who’s arguably been one of the stand out performers for a Dortmund side who haven’t tasted defeat since October of last year.
The nimble attacker would be in great company at Arsenal football club with compatriot Ryo Miyaichi, who could also look at Kagawa as an example. Also, not forgetting Arsene Wenger’s respect and esteem in Japanese football.
Not to mention Kagawa’s playing style, which fits the ‘Arsenal Way,’ a way of football style that requires a technically adept and low centre of gravity footballer.
Therefore, Kagawa and Arsenal would be a match made in heaven. A better acquisition then the over hyped and expensive Mario Gotze, rumours of Wenger’s so called ‘panic buy’ which included a alleged 40 million euro bid for Gotze. A young man who’s been earmarked as the next big thing in European football, a big asks for a footballer only aged 19.
In contrast, Kagawa would come with a significantly lower transfer fee, less hype and expectation. Supporters shouldn’t underestimate the extent insane expectations can have on a player, they can just look at Fernando Torres last two years.
Why Kagawa you ask? Simply because not only will he be well worth the transfer fee, but he’s shown he can adapt to differing types of football in the past. So who’s to say next August when we turn on our television sets, or go through those turnstiles we’ll see an opening goal from the newly signed Shinji Kagawa. Cementing his place at Ashburton Grove, with his first venture in English football, now wouldn’t that be a story?
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