Arsenal never wanted me! Says Mats Hummels!
Arsenal may be linked to many many players during a single transfer window but only a few stick out from the crowd. Whether it’s the fact they stick out for reasons that the transfer actually comes off, or instead that they are a world class player, the truth is that these moments don’t come along to often.
One player that we can add to the list of targeted but never signed, is Germany international Mats Hummels, who claimed today that Arsenal have never contacted him, despite consistent rumours that the Gunners were keen on the 27 year old.
Hummels has already secured a move during this summer’s transfer window, as the German centre back returns to his former employers Bayern Munich, on a supposed 5 year deal that cost Munich £30 million in transfer fees.
Now according to the former Borussia Dortmund man, he would’ve considered options in Spain or England, with a club such as Arsenal, but he was never offered the chance. In a report by the Daily Star, Hummels states: “I don’t have to beat around the bush and pretend Arsenal wanted me. There was no offer. The same applies for Spain, there was always contact but no option right now. That’s why now I have made the fundamental decision to continue my career in Germany.”
First of all it’s not entirely clear why Hummels was even speaking about Arsenal whilst on international duty. I mean sure he was linked with the Gunners on many occasions, but what player isn’t? Arsenal seem to be linked with everyone, so what makes the supposed interest from Arsenal and Arsene Wenger so special?
Hummels in my opinion is a spectacular player and the fact he is signing for Bayern Munich this summer goes a long way towards showing just how impressive he is. Hummels is a solid defender who isn’t afraid to get stuck in and also have a voice on the pitch, leading the rest of the back line to his very word. Hummels would have been a fantastic signing for the Gunners, and he would’ve surely solved the many defensive crises that we’ve had in recent years, however Arsenal clearly never seemed too interested in anyway.
Instead of wondering why The Gunners didn’t sign Mats Hummels this summer, or in any previous transfer window for that matter, perhaps instead we should focus on the fact that his transfer to Bayern Munich, may open up a move for Benatia, who Arsenal have been linked with a lot in recent weeks.