Arsenal have put 19 year old German defender/midfielder Matthias Ginter at the top of their list of summer recruits.
The Gunners hierarchy have given England’s longest serving manager Arsene Wenger a large war chest for summer transfer activity and the highly rated youngster would only cost £5 million from SC Freiburg. Born in March, Germany in January 1994, he began his youth career with local side SV March before moving to SC Freiburg at the age of 11 in 2005. He starred for their junior teams winning ,many trophies before being called up to the first team in January 2012 two days after his 18th birthday.
He came off the bench v Augsburg for the last twenty minutes and scored the winning goal two minutes from time, thus becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer in German top flight football. He did so well in that first season that he won the under-18 Fritz Walter medal, a highly prestigious award named after the German captain from the 1954 World Cup.
Equally comfortable playing either in defence or midfield, Ginter scored 1 goals in 23 apps in 2012/13 in helping the club to finish 5th in the Bundesliga, their highest placing for 18 years. That earned them a place in the Europa League for next season. Matthias has won 13 caps for Germany at various levels up to under-21 and a call up to the full international side is surely only a matter of time. Arsenal are amongst a host of top clubs keeping an eye on the youngster.
Arsene Wenger has come in for criticism from a section of Gunners fans with the club not winning anything since the FA Cup in 1995 and he needs to bring in some top signings to offset departures in the last few years such as Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie, who have gone on to win trophies elsewhere. Ginter could be the first of many signings to come to the Emirates this summer as they set about trying to bring back the trophy laden era of the first half of Wenger’s 17 year reign at the club.