Bayern Munich will go in search for an eighth consecutive league title in the 2019/20 as well as an improved run in the Champions League. To make this happen, Bayern has broken their and Bundesliga’s transfer record on Lucas Hernandez. Also joining the squad this summer is Lucas Hernandez’s national teammate, Benjamin Pavard. Less of a household name, the 19-year-old Fiete Arp also signed for the Bavarian giants this summer from Hamburg SV.
Starting all three of Bayern’s International Champions Cup fixtures in the USA, Arp looks back on the trip with a positive perspective:
“I’ve never experienced anything like [the tour of the USA] but I think every player dreams about playing against Real Madrid for Bayern Munich. This whole trip; the destinations, the cities, the people you meet, it really is extreme.”
Arp, who was the first player born in the 21st century to score in the Bundesliga, elaborated on the challenges he has faced in his new club:
“Nothing I have ever experienced compares to the speed of the game [at Bayern]. I’ve played Bundesliga and other games but here it seems like a different sport. It’s quite incredible to see first-hand how these guys perform and what the actual differences are.
You can’t see that on TV and it really is fascinating to see what the Bayern players have achieved over the past years. I hope I can integrate here and be successful.”
Arp will hope to learn from one of his main inspirations, Robert Lewandowski. Alongside world-class players such as the Polish international, Arp hopes to continue his development:
“I joined Bayern at 19 and I still have many things to improve in all areas. Because of the quality in the training sessions, I don’t think there’s a better place for me to develop.
I don’t have a specific plan and I think it’s difficult. You never know how far you can go but as a young player what I want to do is use my full potential.
What I need to work on here are speed of thought and action. The speed here requires a lot of getting used to and that’s the first thing I need to focus on to be successful here.”
Arp, who only scored one goal last year for Hamburg SV in the Zweite Bundesliga, definitively needs an improvement to compete for Bayern’s first team. His coach, Niko Kovac, has already commented that he believes this development will come sooner rather than later.
What is clear is that Fiete Arp is one of Germany’s brightest striker talents, and he has every chance to improve under the wings of Germany’s best club.