Arsenal are keeping a close eye on the South Korean striker Son Heung-Min who plays for the German Bundesliga side Hamburg. The 20-year old is a goal poacher whose skills have led to him being nicknamed `Korean Muller` by his team mates after the legendary German striker Gerd Muller, whose long standing record of 85 goals in a calendar year is currently under threat by Lionel Messi.
Son joined Hamburg as an academy player in 2008 and quickly impressed but his early progress was held back by a few injuries. In the 2011-12 pre-season, the young striker scored 18 goals in nine games, then two in three league games before injuring his ankle. This season, Hamburg manager Thorsten Frink has given him the opportunity to show what he can do, and he has responded by scoring six goals in his 12 league games.
Frank Arnesen is the director of football at Hamburg and believes the South Korean international can be a real star for his team, if they can persuade him to renew his contract past the current 2014 termination date. With Arsenal and Liverpool showing interest, that may not be easy.
“He is a real poacher. Chance, boom, goal.
“He is one of our key players for the future. Our pain barrier concerning Son is gigantic. We do not want to give away players who make us better, under no circumstances.”
The young striker is happy to have finally broken through into the first team, but is aware of growing interest from other clubs.
“(I feel) very, very comfortable (at Hamburg). The city is amazing and the fans are really terrific.
“I still have a contract until 2014 and I have to talk about it with my dad and my agent.”
He sounds to me like the sort of player that Arsenal need, but he is maybe too young and inexperienced to join the first team at the minute. I am sure that Arsenal will be watching his progress very carefully.