A lynchpin, an iconic figure and part of the furniture at VfL Wolfsburg, Maximilian Arnold is set to write plenty more chapters with the Green-and-Whites after agreeing terms on a new long-term contract. The 26-year-old midfielder has added another four years to his deal that was set to run out in 2022, and will now be part of the club until at least 30 June 2026.
“One of the faces of the club”
“This is such good news for VfL Wolfsburg and a real statement about the further development of the team,” said VfL sporting director Marcel Schäfer. “Max has developed through the youth ranks at Wolfsburg to become an established Bundesliga player. He has had an influence on the team for a number of years and has been with the club through good times and bad. He has not just become one of the faces of the club – he is an idol and an example for a lot of our youth team players. The passion and unbridled ambition that he shows at every training session and above all his identification with the club make him a perfect example of the path that we want to go down at VfL.”
Set to break club records
Arnold joined VfL from Dynamo Dresden in 2009. In 2011, he became the club’s youngest player in Bundesliga history when he made his debut aged 17. Born in Riesa in the east of Germany, he won the U19 league title with VfL, and at senior level he has added the DFB Cup (in 2015) and DFL Super Cup to his name. He also helped the Green-and-Whites finish second in the Bundesliga in 2015.
Arnold was captain of the Germany U21 team that won the Euros in 2017, and has also represented his country once at full international level. With 238 Bundesliga appearances (not to mention 29 goals), Arnold is behind only Diego Benaglio (259) and Schäfer (256) in VfL history. He has also appeared 53 times for the Wolves in the Champions League, Europa League and DFB Cup, and is currently in his tenth Bundesliga season.
“Not the kind of thing you give up easily”
“It really is something special to play for the same club for so long,” said Arnold. “I’ve now spent almost half of my life here in Wolfsburg. It’s where I turned pro, established myself in the Bundesliga and also started a family. It’s not the kind of thing you give up easily. I’m proud that the club is looking to continue to rely on me and that I’m part of a really strong team. Now I want to do my utmost to make sure that VfL continue on an upward path over the coming years.”