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02/28/2014
 
Joachim Löw realeased his list prior to the match against Chile and there were some interesting callups made.  The one that stood out above all was that of Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi.  The central defender from Bad Hersfeld was called up for the first time in his career, ending any speculation that he would play for the Albanian national team.  Mustafi has been solid for Sampdoria since arriving from Everton in 2013 after he was discarded by then-coach David Moyes.  

Mustafi could be one of four debutants for Germany when they play Chile next week in Stuttgart.  Another player that will get looked at in defense is Freiburg defender Mattias Ginter, who has proven to be a rock at the back for Christian Streich's side despite them finding themselves in the relegation places as of now.  Ginter, much like Mustafi, was a stalwart for Germany at the youth level as well.   

Andre Hahn of Augsburg, as well as Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Hamburg, are also being looked at by Jogi Löw as options to give more depth to the national team on the bench.  Hahn has been one of the revelations of the season after scoring 10 goals this season, Lasogga also has impressed scoring 11 goals for a struggling Hamburg side and is the top scoring German player in the Bundesliga right now. 

These four moves are also head scratching as both Marco Reus and Julian Draxler were left off the squad. Draxler was just returning to form after an extended layoff.  He earned his first few minutes of action in 2014 in the draw against Mainz last Friday.  Löw stated that the reason for this was to allow for both to be able to further recover from the injuries that have hampered them as of late. The same goes for Thomas Müller who is recovering from injury as well.  

One player that will make history in this Bayern Munich man Phillipp Lahm.  The defender will look to earn his 105th cap, thus equalling Jürgen Kohler on the all-time caps list; three behind US national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann.
 
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08/05/2013
 
Matthias Ginter, who has done international duty in Germany's U-21 team, could soon be part of the Emirates side, according to a report in the Sun. The move was due a month ago when Ginter's club, Freiburg, were to let go of the player after they got Francis Coquelin on loan to replace Ginter. The move got delayed pending some mutual matters that needed sorting out between Freiburg and Arsenal.

Wenger is reported to have agreed a transfer fee of about $10.5m for the youngster, only the second signing of the season for Gunners who had earlier welcomed Auxerre's Yaya Sanogo into their fold.

Nineteen-year old Ginter will bring fluidity to Arsenal's midfield with his ability to play in both his natural defensive midfield position and in central defense, thereby plugging the gap in midfield and defense that Arsenal betrayed last season.

Ginter's signing comes at a time when Arsene Wenger is under pressure from fans to get marquee names to the club, especially after being given a handsome transfer kitty in excess of $100m by the club owners. In light of that fact, Ginter's coming could do little to appease Gooners who have been fed a steady diet of big name rumors through the summer, with the club linked by the grapevine with signings of the likes of Fellaini and Suárez. 

That said, there's no gainsaying the value that Ginter represents after 36 appearances for Freiburg in Germany's top-flight competition. After a goal on debut in a crucial relegation game, Ginter has never looked back and the youngster's 6'2" frame should serve to add an intimidating dimension to Arsenal's defense in the upcoming league season.
 
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