Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Can't Afford to Miss Out on Matthias Ginter

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IJune 7, 2013

PETAH TIQWA, ISRAEL - JUNE 06: Luuk de Jong (L) of Netherlands jumps for a header with Matthias Ginter of Germany during the UEFA European Under 21 Championship match between Netherlands and Germany at Ha Moshava Stadium on June 6, 2013 in Petah Tiqwa, Israel.  (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
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If Arsenal is going to seriously challenge Manchester United for top rank in the English Premier League, it needs to add someone who can defend at the midfield level.

Enter Matthias Ginter.

According to Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror, the Gunners have a growing interest in 19-year-old Ginter from the Bundesliga, but they're not the only ones. Malyon also reports that the German midfielder/defender has caught the eye of German club Borussia Dortmund.

The Mirror's John Cross reports that the price for the young German—who Arsenal have been scouting for months now—has been set at €5 million.

While the move may not be as pleasing as big-name transfers to Gunners fans, there's a lot of upside with Ginter.

At 6'1", Ginter is a physical presence on the pitch who can go up and get the ball at its highest point. He's also grown into his body and learned to be more physical when battling on defense.

Although Arsenal surrendered just 37 goals in 38 games this past season—which ranked second in the EPL only to Manchester City—the Gunners could bolster their defense for years to come with the young German.

It's obvious that the Gunners should be looking to add scorers this summer, but if Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are going to commit themselves to the youngster, they can't afford not to land him.

The club has already announced it'll be releasing Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci, which highlights the need for a defender. Wenger has already proven to be true to his word in terms of acquiring young talent (Yaya Sanogo) and that trend is certainly continuing with the news surrounding Arsenal and Ginter.

Be on the lookout for movement in London.


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