The North London clubs have gone back and forth for bragging rights of the city and now Arsenal and Spurs are set to battle for an experienced Bundesliga player.
The North London derby is one of the fiercest rivalries in English football. Historically, Arsenal have dominated but Pochettino’s arrival has turned the tables completely. Now, both the Premier League clubs are expected to go head to head for Borrusia Monchengladbach ‘s Matthias Ginter.
Ginter to the Premier League?
According to a report from Sky Sports, Spurs could make a move for Matthias Ginter in the summer as they prepare for the potential departure of Toby Alderweireld. But Mauricio Pochettino’s side will face competition from Arsenal for his signature. Ginter is one of the defenders that Pochettino is monitoring having been a Spurs target before making the move from Borussia Dortmund to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2017.
However, reports that Arsenal will provide the competition on this occasion, with the Gunners still seeking defensive options after another leaky season. Unai Emery’s side have leaked 36 goals this season, the most of any side in the top six, with long-term injuries to Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin not helping matters.
Matthias Ginter – Tactical overview
The 25-year-old is mostly hailed for his versatility and great tactical understanding of the game. He isn’t a natural defender and is closer to the position of a defensive midfielder. However, throughout his career, he was often made to cover other positions and he did so like a natural. He’s played as a right-back, central midfielder, even as a right midfielder. Now he has finally found his place in the middle of the defence.
On the other hand, the German can improve his tackling a bit more to fit into the Premier League. His lack of confidence was also a bit of a problem in his earlier years. But he seems to have improved thanks to his time under Tuchel and Hecking.
Matthias Ginter is believed to be priced at around £25million. And with his ability and age that’s not that big price to pay. If he came to the Premier League it would likely take him some time to adapt. But once he makes it through that period, just like he did it in Borussia Dortmund or at Gladbach, he could become a key player at either of the North London clubs.