Jann-Fiete Arp determined to stay at Bayern Munich

Jann-Fiete Arp, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Jann-Fiete Arp, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Jann-Fiete Arp is eager to succeed at Bayern Munich next season.

Moving to a top club doesn’t immediately reap the rewards for some young players while some smoothly bypass the transition phase. Leon Goretzka needed very less time to instantly settle at Bayern Munich while Jann-Fiete Arp has endured frustrating debut season in Bavaria.

After a year-long wait, Arp completed a move to Die Roten from Hamburg last summer. He was eager to succeed, so he reported for training with the reserves team in summer, and then eventually joined the first team for the pre-season tour.

Throughout the build-up towards the new campaign, reports in Germany hinted that Arp could leave the club on loan. However, Arp denied these reports and insisted that he will learn more by training with Robert Lewandowski rather than leaving the club on a short term basis.

Injuries poured water on Arp’s plans to establish himself as an important player for Germany’s most successful club. He suffered multiple setbacks, and by the time he recovered, Niko Kovac had parted ways with the club. The German forward has been occasionally training with the first team under Hansi Flick, but most of the playing time came with the reserves.

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Despite all these setbacks, Arp wants to succeed at Die Roten. According to Bild, the German forward wants to stay in Munich next season. This report insists that Rekordmeister will find it difficult to find a German club to take Arp on loan due to his €5 million annual wages.

Arp will find it difficult to get playing time in the first team next season due to arrival of Leroy Sane from Manchester City. Sane adds more quality in the wide-areas along with significant improvement shown by Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry this season under Flick. Moreover, Joshua Zirkzee has sealed the spot as the backup striker after shining in the Bundesliga this season.

Everything is not doom and gloom for Arp. The imminent departure of Philippe Coutinho and possibly Ivan Perisic may open the door for Arp in the first team. However, his role is likely to be that of a squad player. He may have to compensate for limited playing time in the first team by playing for reserves on some occasions.

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A loan move looks more sensible for Arp at the moment if he wants to take the next step. He has the ability to become a top player, but the last two years has halted his development. Having said that, the success story of Alphonso Davies and Zirkzee this season may further strengthen Arp’s resolve to stay in Bavaria next year.