An update on a supposed Arsenal target has been made today with the chairman of German club SC Freiburg making a statement regarding one of their players. Matthias Ginter has been linked with the Gunners a lot in the past, as well as clubs such as Manchester United and Chelsea, however in the last couple of days, media in England including the Mirror has linked Arsenal to Ginter once again. There seemed to be nothing in the rumour however with the chairman of his club now making a reacting statement to the rumours, it adds some feasability to what could possibly be a very viable deal this summer.
Freiburg chairman Fitz Keller told Badische Zeitung: “He has a long-term contract and for a player his age, it may be interesting to stay another year for stability. This is in my opinion better than to sit on the bench for one of the big clubs. We must always expect players to leave us. Turnover is normal for us, as we have seen recently, but we do our homework. Sure we can continue to do this, but it is important that we get a new stadium. Then we can keep players maybe a year longer. A stadium is not a luxury, but important in the struggle for survival.”
Although the club obviously doesn’t want Ginter to leave, they seem pretty much resigned to losing him and Arsenal are reportedly a very likely suitor for his signature. Arsenal currently have another young central defensive midfielder on the books in Francis Coquelin, but as it stands quite interestingly, the young Frenchman is currently playing on loan at Freiburg. Perhaps a possibly swap plus cash deal could be secured because although I have always rated Coquelin, he seems to be nothing on what Ginter’s future offers. As always though we will have to wait until the summer or later in the season at least before we see any possible movement on this one.