Arsenal Interested In Bundesliga Star Along With West Ham: Can He Make A Difference Under Emery?

According to The Sun, Arsenal are interested in the services of Martin Hinteregger. The Eintracht Frankfurt defender has emerged as a transfer target for the Gunners as they aim to add more defensive reinforcements in the winter transfer window. However, they could face stiff competition from league rivals West Ham United in the pursuit of the centre-back.

Hinteregger’s resurgence at Frankfurt

Hinteregger has enjoyed a lot of success since moving to Frankfurt at the start of this year. He initially arrived at the German metropolis on loan before his move was made permanent in the summer, for a fee of €9 million.

Hinteregger’s arrival had helped Frankfurt deal with their injury crisis in defence last season. Evan D’Nicka missed a majority of the campaign while the likes of David Abraham and Simon Falette weren’t performing well. As a result, coach Adi Hutter brought in the ex-Augsburg star in January.

His commitment and dogged defensive nature meant Hinteregger instantly became a cult hero at Frankfurt. His style of play tuned in well with Hutter’s aggressive approach as the Austrian ended up building a solid defensive foundation, even though SGE kept on conceding goals.

Hinteregger has not only impressed with his defensive traits but also his aerial prowess. Indeed, the centre-back has notably scored three goals in the ongoing campaign – a tally bettered only by in-form striker Goncalo Paciencia.

Should Arsenal make a move for Hinteregger?

For hardcore Bundesliga viewers, Hinteregger is a much-maligned figure, purely due to his inconsistency. The Austrian is arguably having his best season in the Bundesliga so far. But even then, he has appeared tentative and lacked a sense of responsibility, at times, which resulted in Frankfurt’s mixed run of form.

Moreover, the SGE defender is not an ideal player for Unai Emery due to his lack of ball-playing capabilities. Much like Sokratis, he is only capable of threading in meaningless, vertical passes, which clearly doesn’t bode well for a team that likes to dominate possession. In fact, Hinteregger is perhaps the worst ball-playing defender at Frankfurt right now, though Falette also makes a strong case.

While the 27-year-old’s commitment and aggression could add a new identity to the Arsenal setup, his error-prone nature coupled with his lack of technical prowess means he is nowhere near suited to the club’s identity. Hence, the Gunners should just drop their pursuit of Hinteregger and instead, focus on a more technically gifted centre-back.

Loading...
The following two tabs change content below.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Share This Article

Henderson To Start, Ox On The Bench | 4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup Vs Manchester City

Next Story »

Rangers Move For 28 Year Old Hinges On This 1 Thing: What Would Be The Ideal Scenario For Gerrard?

T40 SCOUTING

  • Brazilian Wonderkid Said To Be On Chelsea’s Radar If Transfer Ban Lifted: Who Is This Starlet?

    3 days ago

    According to a recent report by the Daily Express, Brazilian starlet Reinier Jesus is said to have piqued the interest of some of Europe’s top clubs, including ...

    Read More
  • Scout Report Of How Joe Gelhardt Would Be A Better Fit In Liverpool Attack If Brought As Duncan’s Successor

    3 months ago

    Bobby Duncan must have overcome his mental stress now upon completion of the desired transfer to Fiorentina. Liverpool sanctioned the transfer on the European deadline day even ...

    Read More
  • Liverpool Confirm Duncan Departure: 3 Replacements For Klopp To Consider Including Serie A Ace

    3 months ago

    Liverpool have confirmed the departure of Bobby Duncan on their official website after the English striker agreed to make a switch to Fiorentina this summer. The Whiston-born ...

    Read More
  • This Player Undergoes Medical At Celtic: Strengths And Weaknesses Of This Exciting Talent

    3 months ago

    According to the report from BBC, Celtic are set to seal the deal for Kilmarnock’s left-back Greg Taylor in the next 24 hours. The Scottish heavyweights had ...

    Read More
  • Borussia Dortmund Comes In For Bobby Duncan: Has The Liverpool Ace Done Irrevocable Damage To His Reputation?

    3 months ago

    All the tantrum and mayhem seem to have cooled down since the past couple of days, but the damage is already done by Saif Rubie who lambasted ...

    Read More