Arsenal have now moved ahead of Liverpool in the race to land Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.
According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are in pole position to sign the German midfielder, who is currently recovering from injury sustained just before this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
Reus has been linked to various clubs apart from Arsenal, with reports claiming that Liverpool and Manchester United are also in the running to snap up the midfielder.
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Reus has a £20m release-clause unlike the £30m which was reported earlier, alerting all the interested clubs. And it is widely believed that the Dortmund midfielder will leave the Bundesliga club before the end of the summer transfer window after he rejected an offer of a new contract from his current employers.
Arsene Wenger has been a big admirer of the player, and will not miss out if there is a chance to bring him to the Emirates. It is claimed that the Gunners manager believes he can add another dimension to the Arsenal attack and is ready to beat the Reds to his signature.
The German international is himself a self-confessed Arsenal fan and also idolises Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky, who was a Dortmund player during Reus's days in the youth team.
"My idol was always Tomas Rosicky [who played at Dortmund for five years before joining Arsenal in 2006]. He used to be phenomenal. He had such a good eye for an opening and knew where his team-mates were, and he was so quick," Reus said, as quoted in the Guardian.
"Rosicky had great technique and was so intelligent and mature even though he was still young at Dortmund. I copied everything about him – right down to his sweatbands."
The 25-year-old midfielder, has been an integral part of Dortmund since his move from Borussia Monchengladbach, and had an impressive 2013-14 campaign scoring 16 goals and providing 13 assists. As confirmed by his agent, Reus's presence in the side will make any team in Europe a force to reckon with.