22 Y/O Bundesliga Star Red Hot On Arsenal’s Radar: Should They Go All Out For Him?

The Scenario

As per one of the recent reports by Mirror, German sensation, Max Meyer, is keen to leave Schalke at the end of the season. Meyer’s contract with the German Bundesliga outfit expires at the end of the season and it is alleged that he has refused to sign a new contract with the club. Besides, his representatives are perceived to have stated that their client would not be considering any further offers to keep him at Gelsenkirchen.

He is free to contact with teams in order to engineer a free transfer after this season concludes. The report also states that Arsenal are keen to lure him to the Emirates Stadium in the summer but are likely to face tough competition from Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. Schalke have already started to find his replacement and this could be a huge boost for the Gunners in their pursuit to sign him.

Fact File

The 22-year-old spent his youth days in the ranks of FC Sardegna Oberhausen, Rot-Weib Oberhausen, MSV Duisburg and Schalke. From his early days, he showed immense potential and calibre and he excelled ever since he was elevated to the senior side of the Royal Blues. Besides, he had featured regularly for the youth sides of Germany and earned his first senior cap for the German senior side back in 2014. So far this season, he has played 22 games in the German top flight and has made  1.9 tackles, 2. 6 interceptions, 0.4 clearance and 0.1 block per game on an average. 

Attributes

Meyer operates mainly as a central midfielder but is versatile enough to ply his trade as a central attacking midfielder as well as a central defensive midfielder. The German international is a smart package in the middle of the park as he makes sharp tackles and reads the game brilliantly. Besides, the precision, which he musters while making passes do make him a shrewd asset.

He has played 26 times for Schalke across all competitions so far this season and has inked a pass completion rate of 89.2%. Intriguingly, he is someone who gallops forward pretty often to cater to the offensive endeavours of his side. Having mentioned his strengths, there is no denying that he is yet to be a finished article. Meyer needs to work on his crosses, discipline, defensive contributions and finishing techniques in the coming seasons.

Why Should Arsenal Sign Him?

The north London based outfit need a young, energetic and hard-working midfielder to steer them to glory and Meyer could help them in meeting their needs. Despite being a youngster, he has accumulated plenty of experience under his belt and is unarguably one of the hottest properties in the game at the moment. Besides, he would be an economical signing and if Arsenal manage to convince him, it would certainly be a huge statement of intent from them.

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