bundesliga.com has assembled ten of the lesser-known facts about the 19-year-old Germany Under-21 international...
Born on 27 May 1994 in the Saxonian city of Riesa in former East Germany, Arnold was a keen follower of the German top flight from very young age. "I've always watched Bundesliga with my dad," Arnold told NDR Sportclub. Watching wasn't enough for young Maximilian, though, who before long was playing himself: "I've had the ball at my feet ever since I started walking."
Arnold left home at the age of 12 to move in to Dynamo Dresden's live-in football academy, before he was snapped up by Wolfsburg only three years later. "I had to leave home, my school and friends early which was of course hard," he says. "But sometimes you have to bow to discipline to achieve your goals."
Arnold may still be waiting for lift his first piece of silverware with the Wolfsburg senior side, but he already has two German championships to his name with the club's Under-19s after winning the title in 2009 and in 2011 as part of a side that also featured current VfL centre-back (pictured).
During the 2011/12 season, former VfL head coach Felix Magath handed Arnold his Bundesliga debut in an away defeat to FC Augsburg, making him the youngest ever player to have featured for the senior Wolfsburg side at 17 years, five months and 30 days of age. He is also the club's youngest Bundesliga goalscorer after finding the net in the Wolves' 2-2 draw against 1899 Hoffenheim on 13 April 2013.
He has been labelled by many as the new Mesut Özil but Arnold himself cites another ex-Real Madrid CF favourite as his role model. "I've always looked up to Zinedine Zidane. His technique and game intelligence were just great to watch - I find it a shame he's not playing anymore" he told blog-trifft-ball.de. Arnold of course also likes some of the game's active players, and one in particular: "Mario Götze's just a great guy. On, but also off the pitch."
One of Germany's brightest young stars, Arnold has drawn praise from all sides lately. Borussia Dortmund head coach Jürgen Klopp was among those calling him "one of the greatest talents", though Arnold is trying to play down the accolades. "Jürgen Klopp's one of the greats, but I'm trying to remain cool and not think too much about what people say or write about me," Arnold said to Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung.
After scoring his third goal in only his fifth top-flight appearance, and helping end a six-match winless streak in the process on Matchday 31 of the 2012/13 campaign, the VfL players were granted two days off. Asked how he would spend his time, Arnold made it clear he prefers the quiet life to a night on the town: "I'm not someone who likes going wild. I'll probably enjoy the rest of the day with my girlfriend and [...] enjoy a relaxed evening."
Success is no accident, and that is certainly no different with Arnold. "He's always one of the last to leave the training ground," sais Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking of his 19-year-old super-talent. "Even though he's already been very successful, there's no doubt he still enjoys training. These attributes will serve him well in the Bundesliga long term."
A product of the club's youth academy and having plied his trade for Wolfsburg since such a young age, Arnold is widely seen as a symbol of the Lower Saxony side. "He's good for the club," acknowledged sporting director Klaus Allofs, referring to the midfielder's input both on and off the pitch.
As quickly as Arnold's stock has risen, the goalscoring midfielder, under contract until summer 2017 in Wolfsburg, prefers not to look too far ahead. "I can hardly think what will happen in the next few weeks, let alone the next few months," he admitted. "I don't really have a career plan and I don't think I ever will to be honest."
Compiled by Felix Seaman-Höschele