The half-English German international Lewis Holtby may be missing out on the Euros right now, but he is very happy to talk about his ambitions to play in the English Premiership, and specifically with Arsenal.
He said: “I just want to give my best for Schalke and you never know. I always said that my aim was to come to the Premier League one day because I love the league and my father is English. Some of my favourite teams are Everton and Arsenal so you never know.
“A move to Arsenal would be a massive move because in footballing terms they have always been my favourite.
“They play nice one touch football, offensive and with young players and a nice stadium so its a nice club. But for now my thoughts are with Schalke and you never know.
“My agent is there for that, I am here to play football. I love playing football, I love winning trophies and that is my dedication and that is my life.”
If that isn’t a come-and-get-me-plea then I don’t know what is! He is a very talented star of the future and it can only be to Arsenal’s advantage that he wasn’t picked for the Germany team at the Euros which means that his price won’t be greatly inflated after the tournament. The reason he was left out was because he had been suffering with a back injury for the second half of the Bundesliga season.
He said: “I was keen on going there [Euro 2012] but I had an injury in the winter which put me back a bit and there are a lot of young talented players in Germany right now,”
He sounds like a very typical Arsene Wenger target to me!