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Arsenal Join Race To Sign German Under-21 International: A Star For The Future?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Arsenal are interested in securing the services of TSG Hoffenheim midfielder Nadiem Amiri. Some sources claim that the Gunners are among a whole host of clubs which include the likes of Manchester United and rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, who are looking to sign the German Under-21 international.

Amiri has caught the attention of the Premier League trio after putting in some excellent performances in the Bundesliga this season. A recent report claims that all three clubs are weighing up a £20m offer to secure the services of the 21-year-old when the transfer window opens in January.

The German midfielder, whose parents are from Afghanistan, is under contract with TSG Hoffenheim until the summer of 2020. He appeared as a substitute for the German Under 21s in their triumph over Spain in the Euros’ final earlier this year following his contribution in their victory over England in the semi-finals.

Amiri has continued his good form in the domestic season as well, scoring four goals and making two assists in 18 appearances for the Bundesliga club in all competitions. Arsenal are in dire need of some quality after falling off the pace in some of their recent matches as they continue their quest to finish inside the top 4 positions and in turn secure a Champions League spot for next season.

The 21-year-old has made a total of 86 appearances for the TSG Hoffenheim senior team and has gone on to score 10 goals and make 10 assists during that time. He has also earned some international experience while representing Germany at every youth category from the Under 18 level onwards. Amiri is known for his goal-scoring abilities and has scored at every youth level while representing his nation.

Arsene Wenger is known to have a proven track record for developing youngsters and giving them a chance in his first-team as evidenced by the emergence of Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey in the Gunners’ starting line-up. The French manager will be looking to recruit Amiri keeping in mind that he will be a success in the long-run.

For now, it’s hard to see him getting enough game-time with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil occupying the attacking midfield positions. However, he might be used in a more deeper role if Arsenal manages to secure his signature next month. It remains to be seen if the Gunners can fend off strong competition from the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for his signature in January.

But do you think Amiri is the right man forArsenal?

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