There have been rumors circulating around the UK press that Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen might decide to leave the North London club in the summer. The Belgian has found playing time tough to come by this season, and hence, his decision to leave the Emirates Stadium after the World Cup should not come as a surprise.
The man who has been linked with a move to replace the departing Belgian is Freiberg’s young defender Matthias Ginter. According to Mirror’s Alan Nixon Arsenal and Manchester United are chasing the German youngster and Arsene Wenger leads the chase for the £8million man.
Here are three reasons why Arsenal should look towards the young German to replace Vermaelen.
Just like Vermaelen, who is capable of playing in multiple positions, Ginter is also capable of fulfilling multiple roles. Even though Ginter has primarily played as a center-back throughout his formative years, he is capable of playing a holding role in midfield alike Alex Song, which might come in handy for Arsenal.
Ginter has played plenty of games as a holding midfielder for Freiburg this season, and hence, he would be more than capable of filling in for the likes of Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini when required, something that Arsenal have struggled to do this season. Further, Ginter is natural in defense and so Wenger will not have to worry about putting him in the backline.