According to a recent report from Sky Sports, Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in a move for defender Matthias Ginter. The 25-year-old currently plays his football at Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach and has done so since leaving Borussia Dortmund back in 2017, with his mightily impressive efforts for the German top-flight outfit seemingly attracting interest from those in North London.
And that’s because a recent report from Sky Sports suggests that Unai Emery and indeed Mauricio Pochettino are eyeing up a move for the 25-year-old defender, with it plainly clear from their defensive frailties this season that the Gunners need to beat Spurs to the £31.5 million-rated ace’s signature (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, even were Toby Alderweireld to leave Tottenham this summer, given he has penned a new contract which will bring a £25 million release clause into play during the close season, Pochettino is still well stocked in that department with Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez, both of whom have proven to be hugely accomplished Premier League defenders.
Add in youngster Juan Foyth, who has shown signs that he could be a first team regular at Spurs in years to come, as well as Eric Dier, who has shown adeptness when playing at the back, and Tottenham would be reasonably strong defensively even if Alderweireld were to leave.
Yet the same simply cannot be said of Arsenal’s defensive options, with the backline once again letting the North London giants down in their bid to climb the Premier League table this term.
Going forward, the Gunners are a match for anyone having scored 51 goals in their 25 matches this term, only Manchester City (68) and Liverpool (56) have netted more, but Emery’s men are also the highest conceders of the so-called big six, shipping 36 goals so far this season, which is one more than Manchester United, who themselves have also been slated for their defensive deficiencies this term.
And when one looks at the options at Emery’s disposal, it’s difficult to see how they are going to improve defensively without a few additions in the summer.
Laurent Koscielny has been a stalwart in the Gunners backline for many years now, but at 33 his best football might well be behind him, while it’s clear that Shkodran Mustafi simply isn’t a good enough defender at Premier League level – he is too often found wanting.
And while Sokratis has shown glimpses of promise following his move last summer, niggling injuries have restricted him to only 16 Premier League appearances – clearly, adding Ginter is a must for the Gunners this summer.
The 25-year-old spent three years at Borussia Dortmund between 2014 and 2017 and in that time appeared on 102 occasions for the German giants, helping the club to successive top three finishes in the Bundesliga in his final two seasons before leaving for Monchengladbach in 2017.
And the Germany international, capped 23 times by his country at senior level, has continued to go from strength to strength with 54 appearances in all competitions for the top-flight side, including starting all 34 of their Bundesliga matches last term as they finished ninth in the top tier.
Clearly then, Ginter is very highly thought of in his homeland and as such could prove to be an asset to Emery as he seeks to rebuild his Arsenal backline – and at the age of 25, the German could be the man at the heart of the Gunners defence for many years to come.
As such, with both North London clubs reportedly (as per Sky Sports) keen on the defender, it’s Arsenal that simply must beat Tottenham to Ginter’s signature this summer.
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