Would Ginter have bigger impact at Arsenal than Vertonghen has in North London?

Several reports have suggested Arsenal are very close to signing Freiburg’s Matthias Ginter.

Should the Gunners secure that signing then it will benefit them in several ways with the most notable being Ginter’s versatility, which allows him to sit and hold in the midfield or fill in along the back four.

It’s a gamble for Arsene Wenger because Ginter is only 19-years-old but the German could easily have a big impact in North London, similar to how Jan Vertonghen has started his Tottenham Hotspur career if not better.

It’s naïve to compare the two because Vertonghen has been playing at a higher level for a longer period of time plus he’s older and has a more developed level of experience to fall back on.

However, Vertonghen is a good example of a defensive player who has come into the Premier League, settled quickly and had a big impact in a single season.

Vertonghen looks like one of the best and most versatile defenders in the Premier League and the challenge for someone like Ginter going to Arsenal would be to emulate that impact, if not better it.

Ginter looks like the sort of centre back who isn’t afraid of a challenge and slotting into an Arsenal back four, which was superb for the majority of last season, is as big a challenge as he is going to face in the near future.

His core attributes like his height (over six feet tall), his balance, power and strength all ensure that he could play in a Premier League defence and be effective, because he’s not the sort of defender who is going to be bullied by a big centre forward.

The challenge for him in an Arsenal shirt will be to have the consistency that is displayed by the current back four and usurp players like Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen in the pecking order.

If he can get close to that then he could have a chance to cement a place in this back four, with Wenger never being afraid in the past to throw his younger players in at the deep end.

He’s protected by the experience of those other centre backs who will also be able to help his game, making it more refined than it already is and that will only amplify the impact he’s likely to have at the club.

The fee is also significant at around the £6 million mark because that ensures that the pressure on him joining Arsenal is much lower than if he’d been a very expensive and high profile teenage signing.

It’s very difficult for younger players to come into huge sides around Europe when they have the monkey of a massive price on their back.

Feeling as though that needs to be justified can affect things like form, which knocks that consistency and eventually will lead to a place on the subs bench rather than in the starting eleven.

Do you think Ginter can have a similar impact to Vertonghen?

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