In the Arsene Wenger era, Arsenal - in France, at least - began to be known as the 21st French league team, a side heralded south of the Channel for possessing some of the finest products of that country, from Patrick Vieira, Nicolas Anelka, Thierry Henry, Sylvain Wiltord… to the current day, with Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Flamini.
However, the Gunners have a new dominant country. While British talent continues to thrive in N5 with Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere all registering good statistical form, it is the German contingent who seem to attract just as much press and praise due to Per Mertesacker's defending, Mesut Ozil's creating and the vast potential of Serge Gnabry still be realised.
Seemingly unsatisfied with his talented Germans, Wenger is reportedly interested in one of the hottest Bundesliga talents - Julian Draxler, of FC Schalke 04.
And now, adding his name to the mix, is Kevin Kampl, a German-born Slovenia international who has been prolific on the wing for Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga this season.
He is quoted by Ekipa to have said: 'England has its own charm and London is a unique place.
'There's Arsenal, the club that I like very much because of their style of football,' expressed Kampl, before adding: 'Sometimes when I watch their games, I close my eyes and dream of how it would be if I was there playing for them.
'This certainly is a dream and I hope that one day it will come true for me which is why I'm always giving my all during training sessions.'
Thus far this season Kampl has a high attacking efficiency having scored seven and assisted ten times from 18 appearances in his division. That is a return of a goal or assist once every 86 minutes and is a rate he has replicated in European competition, in the Europa League, having scored thrice and set up four in seven games - predominantly from the right flank position - a rate of one goal/assist every 80 minutes.
He has a transfermarkt.co.uk valuation of £6.6m.
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