Two and a half years ago Leander Siemann signed a contract with Arsenal from Hertha Berlin.
Arsene Wenger saw something many others hadn't seen. At Arsenal’s audition Siemann recorded a shot speed of 72 mph with his right foot and 67 mph with his left foot.
An extraordinary display for the 15-year-old Siemann. “That is a big opportunity for me,” the Berlin-born kid said enthusiastically back then.
Two years later, shortly after turning 17, “Siemann signed his first professional contract with Arsenal”.
But the early joy seems to be gone.
In a recent report by German daily Berliner Morgenpost Siemann offered more criticism then compliments saying that it is “too slow” for him at Arsenal. Too much depends on injuries at the starting line-up that could lead to playing time with the first team.
A move back to Germany might not be a bad thing then. Siemann's contract is about to expire and no talks have been made with Arsenal. More then one team might be happy to sign the speedy defender.
“There have been requests from the first and second Bundesliga in Germany,” the young Gunner said.
A tough decision ahead for Arsene Wenger. The £220,000 he paid to get Leander Siemann is not that much. But why develop a great talent to send him away right before his breakthrough?
Sure Siemann needs more playing time. Wenger should give him that in the next pre-season to see how he reacts. Serge Gnabry made the most out of his chance due to the Theo Walcott injury. Siemann could do the same.
There is no reason to let Siemann's contract expire and search for a costly defensive replacement, the player must stay the course and be patient, and trust the man who signed him to give him a chance when the time is right.
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