Hamburg’s teen striking sensation Jann-Fiete Arp is quickly coming of age in the Bundesliga, the talented 17-year-old scoring for a second successive game with Stuttgart on the receiving end on Matchday 11.
Fresh from volleying a late consolation against Hertha Berlin in HSV’s away loss last time out, Arp’s goal helped Mark Gisdol’s men to complete a 3-1 triumph on Saturday in what was the host’s first top-flight victory since August.
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"I am very well supported by my teammates, especially by the seasoned players and even players in my position like Bobby Wood," Arp added. "For example, Bobby gave me some tips before the match today and was one of the first well-wishers after the match.
"I have a huge chance here and I'm really happy to be an integral part of the Bundesliga squad. The hype is honestly a bit scary to me. At the moment, I just want to focus on football."
Having already become the first Millennial to appear in the Bundesliga, Arp followed that accomplishment by entering the record books as the Red Shorts’ youngest ever goalscorer last week. Supremely confident at youth level – where he netted an astonishing 26 goals in 21 games for Hamburg's’ Under-17s last term – Arp is already showing an undaunted attitude when mixing it with the senior pros.
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Starting Saturday’s win against The Swabians with a smart back-heel that lifted the home supporters, the Germany Under-17 international later enjoyed a good opportunity to score as the hosts began to overpower the visitors’ ten men. Indeed, Hamburg were already on their way to a 500th home win when the Schleswig-Holstein-born star left two Stuttgart defenders chasing shadows before applying a mature finish past experienced goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.
“The atmosphere before the game was already awesome when warming up. I tried to be relaxed but honestly, I couldn't, and a little nervousness definitely creeped in before the game," Arp said after the game. "For my goal, I thought about playing Dennis Diekmeier - who shouted loudly - the ball for a second but because of the run that he made, my marker had made a move towards him, which is why a gap has opened. And I used it.
"At first I thought the shot would hit the post and go out, but it bounced in and the north tribune exploded. That was an incredible moment," Arp, who will surely making many more memories this season, added at the end of a dream day in Hamburg.