The player in question is Matthias Ginter, a 19-year-old defender/midfieder. Arsene Wenger is thought to be a long-term admirer of the Bundesliga boy and now The Metro claim a deal could be hashed out this summer.
If he moves to the Emirates this summer, he would join Yaya Sanogo, a 20-year-old French striker.
On the face of it, these aren’t the most exciting signings Arsenal could make. At the very best, they are deals that have been signed with the player’s futures in mind. Still, Sanogo and Ginter have a lot of potential and could develop into world-class talents over the course of their Arsenal contracts.
The Gunners are just getting in at the bottom floor, which is typical of the way that Wenger works the transfer market.
But, I understand the frustration of Arsenal fans who are looking for a little bit more. After last years failings, most fans want to see big name signings. They want to see Gonzalo Higuain, Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney waltz through the Emirate’s doors and have little interest in the likes of Ginter and Sanogo.
But even these young stars are worth getting exciting about. Arsene Wenger knows young talent better than just about anybody else.
Ginter is physically imposing (he’s 6 ft 2 in), strong and quick along the ground. He can hold the ball up, pick a pass and he’s also confident enough to skip forward and get into goal-scoring situations.
His arrival in North London would be exciting, because it would demonstrate Wenger’s change in focus. It would show that he’s now buying bigger, stronger, tougher recruits who are further along their development paths than previous acquisitions.
Ginter helped Freiburg to a fifth place finish in the Bundesliga last season. He’s also attracted the attention of Borussia Dortmund and earned a £6m price-tag. If Arsenal don’t make their move, it wouldn’t surprise me if other clubs started circling around the 19-year-old.
Now is the right time to strike. It may not quite be the signing that Arsenal fans are holding out for, but it’s still worth getting excited about.
What’s your take? Should Arsenal be spending energy signing another wonder-kid, or does the club have bigger fish to fry?
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