Arsenal looking at second German acquisition

With the club already closing in on their first summer signing in the form of Lukas Podolski, Arsenal will now look to tie up a deal for another wideman with Patrick Herrmann emerging as a possible target.

The starlet hasn’t played in almost a month through a collarbone fracture but appears to have done enough to impress in the first half of the season, earning interest from numerous European outfits.

Herrmann has made 19 starts for ‘Gladbach this season, scoring seven goals and making eight assists from the right side of midfield.

Speculation of a transfer has been heightened after Andrey Arshavin completed a loan move to former club Zenit St. Petersburg and seems likely to complete a permanent departure at the end of the current campaign.

With Marco Reus already bound to leave Die Fohlen and return to Borussia Dortmund in July, Borussia Monchengladbach won’t be keen on losing out on another young German prodigy but may not have a choice in the matter should the Gunners come calling.

The 21 year-old is reportedly valued at £11.5m and if he were to seal a move to the Emirates Stadium, he would link up with compatriots Per Mertesacker and possibly the aforementioned Podolski.

Herrmann is being touted as a future staple in the German national side but is yet to make his senior debut for the nation.

The midfielder has featured for the German Under-21 side on six occasions, scoring on one.

‘Gladbach won’t see their player return to action until the start of April and although he would be keen to get a call-up to the Germany squad for Euro 2012, Arsene Wenger won’t be too upset if he shouldn’t as it would likely mean his price-tag staying relatively low.

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