£15m Arsenal target's comments show questionable ambition

Schalke 04

Benedikt Howedes comments that he wants to fight for third place, show why he may not be right for them after all.

Benedikt Howedes was linked with Arsenal earlier this week by The Telegraph, and the potential for another German World Cup winner to join the squad sounded like a good idea.

The centre-back who hit the post with a header in the final against Argentina is 26, but said he has no intention of leaving Schalke for now.

His comments about his ambitions with the club however, suggest he may not be the type of player the Gunners want right now anyway.

Asked about his hopes in the Bundesliga for the coming season, Howedes told BILD: "3rd place! Bayern are the top favorites for the title, Dortmund is close behind. We want to especially finish above Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Gladbach, again (finish) directly in the Champions League."

The 26-year-old may be in a position of comfort, after winning the international stage's biggest honour, but at club level he has not won anything in his career since the German Cup back in 2011.

Freely admitting there is no chance of Schalke winning the title, may be typical German straight talking, but it is the sort of comments which if an Arsenal player made, would cause an outcry and rightfully so.

Arsenal need players motivated right now, who are buying into the club's desperate challenge to kick on and compete for the Premier League title.

Howedes does not appear like he is up for the challenge, and would rather have a comfortable season with Schalke, and the Gunners will be right to move on and consider alternatives.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch