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What’s going on with Fiete Arp?

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The promising striker arrived from Hamburg last summer, but he failed to make an impact. In this article we are examining reasons behind this.

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Jann Fiete Arp arrived from Hamburg to Bayern Munich last summer, but he still has yet to make an impact. After a few decent pre-season performances, the young striker has struggled with form and health. Even though Arp has constantly faced setbacks, though, according to Sport1, he will not give up on the chance of playing for Bayern.

In his current situation, Arp is not yet good enough for the first team under Hansi Flick, while he also has not played much for Bayern II under head coach Sebastian Hoeness.

He lost his spot to Zirkzee and Wriedt

Arp’s talent is undisputed, but he still has some major issues regarding his technique. According to Sport1, he has been criticized for his first touch on the ball and also has some tactical deficits.

While Arp is working to improve, Zirkzee has shared the field with the professionals in the best way imaginable. He scored two vital goals for the Bavarians and established himself as the second striker option behind Robert Lewandowski. Flick expects big things from Zirkzee and believes he can make a breakthrough.

On Bayern II, Arp is the third option behind Kwasi Okyere Wriedt and Zirkzee himself. In the effort to avoid relegation from the 3.Liga, Hoeness must rely on his in-form striker Wriedt, even though the he is set to leave Bayern at the end of the season.

What is next for Arp

Any momentum Arp had from the preseason was lost to injury in the Hinrunde. Two serious arm injuries essentially cost him his first six months at the club. Last summer, Arp trained individually with Flick. During that time, Flick advised Arp not to put too much pressure on himself. That may be the root of the problem — Arp a young player who moved quickly to a huge club and now he’s struggling to find his form.

As Arp heads into the Rückrunde, he needs to prove that he can help Bayern next season when Wriedt leaves for the Eredivisie. But if he doesn’t, there is a chance that he might be loaned out in the summer, which might also do him good: start somewhere fresh, regain his form and confidence. Arp, for his part, wants to fight it out.