Arsenal will need to look elsewhere for a creative player after it was confirmed that RB Leipzig have agreed a deal to sign Dominik Szoboszlai.
Szoboszlai, 20, has been attracting attention from a number of top European clubs. In addition to the Gunners, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have also sent scouts to watch him at RB Salzburg.
But it seems as though the Bundesliga high-flyers have won the race to sign the Hungary international.
Arsenal have made no secret of their desire to add more creativity to the ranks.
Sporting director Edu said recently: “It’s quite clear what we need. We need a player with creativity in the middle. We don’t have that in the squad right now.”
Szoboszlai certainly fits the bill as he has shone in the Austrian top flight since making his debut in May 2018. He has scored 16 goals from 55 league outings while bagging 26 in all competitions.
However, the youngster also creates goals and would provide spark to any midfield. Capped 12 times by Hungary, he has notched a couple of Champions League goals for Die Roten Bullen this term.
Here’s the agent of Szoboszlai, Mátyás Esterházy, spotted in Budapest airport this morning.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 17, 2020
It always seemed likely he would join a bigger club but many thought it would be next summer. However, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, he will fly to Germany today to undergo a medical.
Emirates not a happy place
Edu’s words and Arsenal’s results this season speak volumes about where the club is at the moment. Talk of a rift between the players and manager Mikel Arteta has been denied but there is clearly something wrong.
The north Londoners have made their worst start to a top-flight season in 46 years. Wednesday’s 1-1 home draw with Southampton halted a run of three consecutive defeats.
But they have not won a league match since beating Manchester United 1-0 on November 1. With just two points taken since then, Arteta’s men find themselves 15th in the table.
There is already pressure on the Spaniard, although his place in the dugout does not appear under threat at present. He has the spectre of Mesut Ozil hanging over him and will need to sort out the German’s future.
Edu has also spoken about centre-back William Saliba’s lack of action and a possible move back to France. Despite costing £27m, he has yet to kick a ball in anger for the first team having already spent time on loan with St Etienne.
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