Arne Maier interview
New signing Arne Maier missed out on FCA’s last game in Frankfurt (0-0) through illness. Ahead of the next fixture at home to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, the 22-year-old midfielder spoke about his first two weeks in Augsburg, his mate Niklas Dorsch and the upcoming clash with the Werkself.
Arne, you’ve not been at FCA for long, have you settled in already?
I think so – I’ve seen a lot of the town at least. Next on my to-do list is find a place of my own, as I’m still currently living in a hotel. If I manage to do that I’ll be excited to get to know the town some more with my own base.
You already know Niklas Dorsch from the U21s. How much are you looking forward to working with him?
I think Niklas and I harmonised really well during the U21 EUROs, so I think I speak for both of us when I say that we would like to continue this work in Augsburg. If we do so, it can certainly be a good midfield partnership for the team.
"We should be concentrating on our own game."
You led the U21 team to glory as captain in the European championship this summer. Would you also like to take on a leadership role at some point here at FCA?
I’ve only been here a couple of weeks and I don’t know my teammates that well yet, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to demand a leadership role straight away. But yes, I am definitely a player who likes to take initiative and responsibility on the pitch.
Next up, Bayer 04 Leverkusen come to the WWK ARENA. Are you aware that FCA have never won a Bundesliga game against the Werkself? I’ve not heard about that yet and to be honest I’d rather not know about it. We should be concentrating on our own game first and foremost. Every game starts at 0-0 and at the end of the day it's up to us.