German starlet would “love” Arsenal move

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Schalke 04 midfielder Lewis Holtby has said he would love a move to the Premier League and has a preference for Arsenal.

The 21-year-old has dual nationality due to his English father and revealed his ideal move would be to Arsene Wenger’s Gunners at Emirates Stadium.

Holtby’s father is an Everton fan, so he also expressed favour for the team from the blue half of Merseyside, but it is the footballing philosophy Wenger has in place at Arsenal that attracts him most.

“I have always said that my aim is to come to the Premier League one day because I love the league,” he said in an interview with talkSPORT.

“My father is English and of course my favourite teams are Everton and Arsenal.

“It would be a massive move [to Arsenal] because Arsenal players were always my favourite. They play nice one-touch football, they’re offensive, have young players, a great stadium and a great city so it is a nice club.”

Despite his admission, Holtby was adamant he would only be concentrating on his Schalke career for now, but suggested he was always ready to consider an approach from north London.

“My thoughts now are first with Schalke but you never know,” he added.

Holtby is a former captain of the Germany Under-21s and has made his full international debut, but was not picked for Joachim Loew’s Euro 2012 squad.

He made his breakthrough in to the Schalke first team last season and was a regular starter, scoring seven goals in all competitions.

Were he to join the Gunners, Holtby would line up next to compatriots Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Thomas Eisfeld.

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