Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Wise to Chase Matthias Ginter

Dan Brett@@DanBrett90Contributor IIIMarch 18, 2014

Germany's Matthias Ginter gestures to his team mates during their international friendly soccer match between Germany and Chile in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Arsenal should do everything they can to bring Matthias Ginter to North London.

According to The Mirror's Alan Nixon, the Gunners are leading Manchester United to the centre-back's signature.

Their £8 million bid could be enough to prize the 20-year-old German away from SC Freiburg with the defender starting every match as the side look to steer away from the drop zone, per

Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

Per The Mirror, Arsenal sent chief scout Steve Rowley to watch the youngster in league action, keen to snap up the 6'3" player.

Links between the two clubs are also high, as the German outfit currently have Francis Coquelin on loan from the Gunners.

Ginter's arrival at the club could see him have to settle for a place on the bench, despite recently being called up for his country.

FIFA's social media manager Alex Stone highlighted the player's growth in the German game and noted his price can only rise with his career progressing with such speed:

However, learning from Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen could have limitless benefits for the young player.

According to Metro, the youngster could be set to become Vermaelen's replacement as the defender looks to leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season.

This video highlights the attributes that will please Wenger—a ball-playing, creative defender with excellent positional sense:

Ginter could also look to fellow German youth international Serge Gnabry, who moved to Arsenal at just 16 years of age.

Perhaps the most like-for-like reference the defender could find, though, would be Yaya Sanogo.

The French striker joined Arsenal in the summer, playing a developing role at Auxerre before moving across Europe to North London, per WhoScored.

Sanogo's involvement in the team has been slow and steady this season, making just two substitute appearances as Wenger looks to grow him into the first team, rather than throw his youngsters into the deep end.

Speaking recently with SPORT1, Ginter spoke of his appreciation of interest from “big clubs,” per Sky Sports:

I am unable to publicly discuss negotiations, this should remain behind closed doors. It's definitely good to know great clubs are interested in my services. It's an honour to see clubs like this being keen.

It's my goal to play for a big club one day in the future. This is no secret. It doesn't need to be Bayern Munich. Still, to play for a big club is the dream of every football player.

Of course, Ginter's future at Freiburg could be dictated by whether the club remain in the Bundesliga or are relegated.

The outfit sit just one place above the drop zone and just one point ahead of 17th-placed VfB Stuttgart.

Bottom-placed Eintracht Braunschweig are also just four points behind Ginter's current club, meaning a real chance of going down.

Wenger may look to capitalise on his current situation at the club and will be looking to implement a similar learning pattern on him as seen with many of the club's stars.

Martin Meissner/Associated Press

Theo Walcott, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey all joined Arsenal at a young age, picking up their essential learning at other clubs, but receiving fine-tuning with the Gunners.

Ginter's situation is very similar, after spending a full season in the first-team setup, with attributes Arsenal can look to build on.

With the World Cup coming up, Arsenal must act quickly if they're to pip their rivals to his signature.

They must also be careful to not hesitate too long, with his price set to rise astronomically if he can have some influence on Germany's World Cup story.


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