Mikel Arteta is now Arsenal manager. The Gunners’ hierarchy have gone for a long term vision with a young, inexperienced coach, hoping the gamble will pay off. Yet the Spaniard is not stupid. He wouldn’t have moved from one of the best football institutions in world to chaos at the Emirates, without some promises. One of which is likely to have been backing in transfer market. This could start in January with Kevin Volland.
The German forward has had another solid campaign with Bayer Leverkusen so far. His consistency in the Bundesliga has led to the North London club’s interest in him (Sky Sports). With the uncertainty surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future, it makes sense Arteta is rumoured to be interested in Volland. Especially considering he only has 18 months remaining on his contract. From the press conferences, it’s evident the former midfielder wants committed players at the club.
So why are Arsenal and Arteta interested in the 27 year old? We’ll give you the run down:
The former Hoffenheim striker has been highly regarded for years domestically. His days with Die Kraichgauer showed promise from a young German forward. Now with Leverkusen, after a slow start, he’s grown into an established and effective player in the German top flight.
Kevin Volland stats for Bayer Leverkusen year by year
Kevin Volland – Style of Play
At 5ft 10 inches, Volland is quite a well-rounded striker, also able to play as a winger. A decent turn of pace, good feet, decent in the air. But the standout feature of the German international’s game is his finishing and ridiculous shot power.
Multiple times in the video above, as well as various other compilations online, the former 1860 Munich forward strikes the ball incredibly cleanly. He hits to so hard that even if the shot is savable, the keeper has no chance. The balls leaves the German’s foot like a rocket.
Alongside the power, Volland has finesse to his game. Delicate chipped finishes to perfectly placed shots into the side netting, he’s an excellent finisher. But there are other elements to the 2015 Euro U21 silver boot winner’s game. 9 assists in the Bundesliga last season and a further 6 in 2019/20 so far highlight his ability to be a facilitator too. Volland works hard on and off the ball, making intelligent runs to set teammates up or himself for a goal. As I mentioned earlier, a very well-rounded attacker.
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