Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirms interest in bringing Schalke 04 star to Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal have looked into the possibility of signing Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby.
Germany international Holtby, who has an English father, is out of contract at the end of the season and has made no secret of his desire to move to the Premier League, and has talked of his admiration for Arsenal on many occasions in the past.
However, it would appear that the Gunners’ North London rivals Tottenham are leading the race for the 22-year-old. Spurs assistant coach Steffen Freund recently confirmed to Sky his club had “great interest” in Holtby, and Bild reported on Friday that a “secret meeting” had taken place over a move to White Hart Lane.
Wenger, though, said Holtby is on Arsenal’s radar, with the midfielder having impressed during Schalke’s 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium in the Champions League group stage in October.
“We have looked at Holtby, and have played against him. Our scouts are kept on alert and the quality of the scouting is linked with that.”
The competition to sign FC Schalke 04 playmaker Lewis Holtby is hotting up as Arsenal have entered the chase, with Tottenham Hotspur previously thought to be favourites to land the Germany international.
Holtby is a fine attacking midfielder, who is made all the more enticing when taking into account his availability on a free transfer in the summer.
The 22 year-old is a very incisive footballer who always plays with his head up, and is an accurate passer both at short and long range.
He also contributes well defensively, despite being a more attacking player, and his pressing and great positioning allows him to regain possession to start quick attacks.
He would clearly benefit a number of Premier League sides – not least Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
It’s easier to see where he would fit in to the Spurs side though, as since Rafael Van Der Vaart left there has been a void in the side.
At Arsenal though, Santi Cazorla plays in the most attacking midfield position, so unless Arsene Wenger plans to deploy his brilliant Spaniard on the wing (where he often played at Malaga), it is harder to see where Holtby would play.
Perhaps that is why Tottenham remain favourites to sign the Germany star.
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