When Arsenal’s became linked with Matthias Ginter, most Arsenal fans were thinking “who?”
Arsene Wenger has been tracking the player quite some time now, with the player having impressed for club and country when given the chance. While Arsenal continue to monitor his progress, a formal bid has yet to be put to the table, and the question that seems to surface most is" “what is all the fuss about?”
The fuss is about a 20-year-old 6ft 3in centre-back that is being tracked by a host of clubs around Europe. Ginter is a stonewall of a centre-half and currently plies his trade at SC Freiburg.
Strong, quick, intelligent, and good in the air, the young German has impressed greatly for his club and may be a hot commodity in the summer. Ginter has already made 61 Bundesliga appearances after breaking into the team two years ago.
Ginter is Freiburg's youngest ever goalscorer at 18, having scored the 88th minute winner in his debut match against FC Augsburg. Ginter had only come on the pitch 18 minutes prior to and didn't wait long to endear himself to the Freiburg faithful.
Having drubbed a quite a reputation at the youth level, much was made of Ginter's eagerly anticipated debut. Ginter was integral to the Freiburg youth side that won the Junior DFB-Pokal in 2011, as well as standout performances for the Germany national U-18, U-19, and U-21 sides.
He received Gold Fritz Walter Medals for recognition as his country's standout player at the U-18 and U-19 levels, an honor previously claimed by Mario Gotze, Toni Kroos, and Julian Draxler. His feats didn't go unnoticed by senior boss Joachim Lowe who called Ginter to the senior side for the recent friendly with Chile on March 5. He came on in the 88th minute for Mezut Ozil, making history as the 900th player to represent Germany.
Ginter can play at full back as well as center back, and also possesses a fairly wide passing range. He would fit the bill at Arsenal, especially should Thomas Vermalean depart. With Freiburg struggling financially and failing to produce the Europa League form of last season, the club may be forced into a transfer with a £7m price tag being mooted.
A small price to pay for a player with immense potential.
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