According to reports across the media in England especially, Arsenal have agreed a £6.1 million fee for Germany under 21 starlet Matthias Ginter. Ginter, who currently plays for Bundesliga side SC Freiburg, was rumoured to be part of the deal that would take Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin on loan to Germany, however as Coquelin moved, there was nothing in return, but the reports have once again picked up.
Ginter is only 19 years old and so once again won’t be a big name for the Arsenal fans to get excited about, but the versatile defender, who can also play in midfield, could be a valuable option for Arsenal if we manage to get him. A lot of people will scrutinise this player before anything substantial even happens simply because he isn’t a big player commanding a big fee but ultimately despite his age we could be getting a really good deal.
Arsenal are desperate for another defender and being able to play across the back four as well as in a CDM position, Ginter could be a vital option and a relatively cheap one too. There is no way we are going to sign Hummels, Subotic or Pepe as some people believe and to be honest there aren’t many top centre backs that would leave their current clubs for Arsenal in my opinion, so £6.1 million for Ginter would be a great investment on a player that will probably be world class in the future.
Age isn’t everything, Real Madrid have Varane as one of their first choice centre backs, often getting ahead of Pepe in the team and he is only 19 years old. Obviously he has more talent than Ginter at the moment, because otherwise the German would have been snapped up and be playing the same level by now, but I firmly believe that he has the ability to reach the same heights.
Plus a small fee in one area leaves a lot of money to be put on other key areas like a striker and a CDM, although I’d now say that we also need to prioritise a defender because it’s still something we struggle on. It’s difficult times for Arsenal fans and ultimately it probably is for the club too. I highly doubt Wenger is just sitting back in his chair not doing anything, like he is portrayed to be, it’s just unfortunate that he can’t seem to pull off the right deals.