Dietmar Hamann: Arsenal do not need Ilkay Gundogan

Dietmar Hamann: Arsenal do not need Ilkay Gundogan


Arsenal have been closely linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s deep lying playmaker Ilkay Gündoğan in recent weeks.

However Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger should be looking to sign a tough tackling defensive midfielder according to the former Premier League midfielder Dietmar Hamann.

The former Liverpool and City player went onto recommend both Sven and Lars Bender from the Bundesliga as perfect fits for Arsenal.

“There are players out there, who would instantly make Arsenal a better team. They are supposed to be looking at Ilkay Gundogan at Borussia Dortmund. He’s a very good footballer – but he’s a typical Arsenal player,” Hamann told the Mirror.

“He won’t want to do the dirty work. His instinct is to join in further up the pitch, get a few forward passes going and try to weigh in with a few goals.

“For me, Arsenal would be much better served, going for one of the Bender brothers, especially Lars.”

Wenger seems to agree with Hamann, “He’s not a defender. At the moment we are more looking for the defensive department,” Wenger responded when asked about Gundogan at a pre-match press conference last week.

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Gündoğan’s contract expires in 2016 and Dortmund want to avoid losing Gündoğan on a free transfer.

Manchester United and Liverpool have also  been closely linked with Gündoğan.

Gündoğan was one of the central figures of the Dortmund side that reached the final of the UEFA Champions League in the 2012-13 season.

Gündoğan has scored on goal in 12 appearances for Dortmund this season.