Wenger eyes more German recruits

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Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski Other / Instagram/Lukas PodolskiWill other German players join Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil at Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger appears to have acquired a taste for German talent following his capture of Mesut Ozil.

Widespread reports in the British press, including in the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, claim Arsenal have begun to pinpoint their transfer targets for January -- and they're all international team-mates of big-name signing Ozil.

Lars Bender -- a long-time target of Wenger's -- along with Borussia Dortmund duo Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan are being pursued by the Gunners, and could join Ozil and compatriots Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker at the Emirates later this season.

Wenger is also said to be tracking the progress of Dortmund's Poland right back Lukasz Piszczek as a potential replacement for Bacary Sagna, who may depart the club at the end of his contract next summer. Arsenal also showed interest in Schalke's wonderkid Julian Draxler during the past transfer window, but Wenger has now set his sights elsewhere.

Across London, Arsenal's rivals Tottenham are targeting Paris- Saint Germain starlet Adrien Rabiot, according to the Daily Mail. The 18-year-old defensive midfielder has impressed in Ligue 1 this season. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas made numerous similar signings in the summer, including Brazil national team holding midfielder Paulinho, but Rabiot considered one to watch for the future, and Villas-Boas is eager to bring him to White Hart Lane.


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