£6 million teenage Arsenal transfer target faces biggest test of his career today

Bayern Allianz Arena

Matthias Ginter has been linked with a move to Arsenal all week. But the SC Freiburg midfielder has bigger fish to fry with Bayern Munich on the agenda?

Throughout last week Arsenal found themselves linked with impressive 19-year-old German youth international Matthias Ginter. The SC Freiburg player has made a real breakthrough into the first team this season becoming a regular in the side after becoming their youngest ever goalscorer last January truly brought him to the fore.

This campaign he has played 19 times for the Baden-Wurttemberg outfit as they chase an unprecedented Champions League qualifying position along with Schalke 04, Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Monchengladbach and Hamburg SV in a tight run battle to the finish line in the Bundesliga.

Converted from a central defender into a powerhouse holding midfielder the future certainly seems bright for the player and with Arsene Wenger reportedly ‘heavily interested’ in his services that arer valued at £6 million by his club The Gunners could be ready to make a move for the German; who would join compatriots Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Eisfeld and Serge Gnabry at the club.

So while Arsenal are clearly impressed with what they have seen so far today might just be the best day to take in his performance; as he faces off against currently the best team in Europe.

Bayern Munich are simply put an unstoppable machine at this moment. Playing with the tempo of a Premier League side and technique of a La Liga side they have a marriage that is far too potent a combination for Barcelona; let alone SC Freiburg.

Arsenal know all about Bayern in full-flow. They suffered at the hands of such ability at The Emirates earlier in the season and despite a 2-0 win in the Allianz very few Gunners fans begrudged Bayern their victory.

So when he travels to Munich and steps out on to the Allianz Arena turf to face the likes of Thomas Muller, Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Anatoly Tymoschuk or Luiz Gustavo (depending on how much rotation Jupp Heynckes deems necessary) it will be a real test of his abilities as a potential future Premier League player.

As current Arsenal player Johan Djourou found out last week, as he featured in a 6-1 mauling against Bayern for Hannover, the German Champions are currently rampant in terms of their goalscoring ability with 20 goals in their last four games; and a win later would see them set a new record for points in a season.

If Ginter can go some way toward preventing Bayern from continuing that form this afternoon then he might just be what Arsenal are looking for.

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