‘Huge opportunity’ for Arsenal’s dynamic defensive addition

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Highly rated Hertha Berlin defender Leander Siemann will complete a summer move to Arsenal following a successful trial.

The 15-year-old German centre half spent a week training at the Emirates Stadium last month, and did enough to impress the Gunners coaching staff to earn a three-year deal with the North London club.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made defensive additions a priority when the transfer window reopens this summer, but this particular signing is very much one for the future.

Siemann will be enrolled in the prestigious Arsenal academy that has recently seen the likes of Nicklas Bendtner and Johan Djourou graduate from the ranks having taken a similar decision to move to London from their respective nations early in their careers in a bid to further their footballing development.


Arsenal will pay the Bundesliga side in the region of €250,000 for the player’s services, with potential future add-ons depending on his relevant success.

Hertha Under 16 coach Frank Vogel who has seen the promising star develop from a young age said, "He is dynamic, strong and good in one-on-ones."

And speaking ahead of his summer move to Arsenal, Siemann revealed, "I’ve dreamt about being a professional, and Arsenal is a huge opportunity for me."

It has been suggested that Wenger will look to add one or two more experienced players to his backline at the end of the current campaign, with speculation linking a number of players with a move to Arsenal.

However, Siemann is the only confirmed target so far, so it will be very much a case of ‘watch this space’ as the Gunners look to continue strengthening their squad in preparation for the new season.

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