Matthias Ginter is a player who has great things ahead of him, with the 19-year-old tipped to eventually displace Per Mertesacker in the German national team.
Ginter's ability to also play in defensive midfield made him an attractive possibility, but there was no formal offer from the Gunners and the teenager remained at Freiburg.
Ginter's season has not gone so well this campaign, with Freiburg in 17th with just five points from nine games, of which he has started in every one at centre-back.
You might think the defender would be keen to jump ship, but he is adamant he is enjoying his time at the club.
He told German radio station Baden FM:
"I've said many times, I am happy here. I love playing here, I reiterated several times during last summer... there is no room for speculation."
So do not expect a January move for him, but allow us to contradict him when looking to next summer.
If second-bottom Freiburg cannot dig themselves out of the hole they are in, presently four points from safety, then Ginter will find himself a prize asset who his club may just have to cash in on.
The question will then raise itself how much his market value will have dropped upon relegation, would a club like Arsenal even want him?
Do Arsenal need a centre-back? Would you be happy for them to buy-low on Ginter if Freiburg are relegated?
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