Lewis Holtby is one of Schalke’s danger men and Arsenal will have to keep a close eye on him in the champions league game tonight at the Emirates. The Gunners scouting team may be keeping a close eye on the youngster as well, after learning that his contract is finished in the summer and he would love to play in the Premier league.
The 22-year old was born in Germany to a German mother, but his father is from Liverpool and influenced his son to be an Everton fan. Holtby has revealed that he has always admired Arsenal as well, but is focusing on his form this season rather than thinking about his next club.
Holtby has already chosen Germany over England at international level but it might be the other way round at club level. He is a key player for the Schalke side this year and is helping them do well in the Bundesliga including a morale boosting win against the champions Borussia Dortmund.
“It was a great result to win against our biggest rivals, and it gave us much confidence to play against Arsenal on Wednesday.
“Arsenal have a lot of pace, good football quality and of course a great stadium with a big crowd so it will be difficult. But we are ready for the challenge and happy to play there.
“For me it was always a dream to play in the Premier league and it was always a team like Arsenal that I would like to play for. Now I play for Schalke and I am happy to be here.”
Holtby will be meeting some of his football heroes tonight in Mikel Arteta (because of the Everton connection) and his international team mates Podolski and Mertesacker. Hopefully the occassion will get to him and his play suffers, as he could be a real handful for the Arsenal defence.
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