Dominik Szoboszlai: The answer to Arsenal's creativity problems?
SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 14: Dominik Szoboszlai of Salzburg celebrates after scoring the opening goal for his team during the tipico Bundesliga match between Red Bull Salzburg and LASK at Red Bull Arena on June 14, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by David Geieregger/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

At 20 years old, Dominik Szoboszlai is one of Europe's hottest prospects and for many months has been drawing attention from some top clubs.

Arsenal have been linked to the Hungarian midfielder since the summer as he is seen as a perfect player to fill the creative void.

His desire to play Champions League football and Arsenal's pursuit of Houssem Aouar as an alternative meant talk of a move was put on hold.

But after his agents comments about a potential departure, could a move now be back on and what would he offer to Mikel Arteta's side?

  • Creator 

Szoboszlai predominantly plays on the left side of the midfield, but can adapt to play within the centre of the park both more centrally and as a more out and out number 10.

It is from these positions which has allowed him to flourish within RB Salzburg's starting eleven.

In his 13 appearances across all competitions for the Austrian outfit he has managed to register nine assists, with six of those coming in the league.

Currently Arsenal's highest contributors are Hector Bellerin and Willian who are both joint on two assists in the Premier League.

The Hungarian International is a top passer of the ball with his vision to pick out a pass something many Gunners will relate with to the likes of Mesut Özil and Tomas Rosicky.

Confidence on the ball is a trait Arsenal players have historically been good at. Szoboszlai would definitely fit that mould and his first touch allows him to be the perfect link between defence and attack.

Mesut Özil of course doesn't look to be getting a look in for The Gunners any time soon and at this moment in time Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been deprived of any real feed, even more so while playing on the left, but also due to the midfield consisting of more defensive minded players.

With Thomas Partey signed in the summer and the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny being able to play deeper in midfield, Szoboszlai could easily be given a free reign in the centre of the pitch, by Arteta, to focus on creating chances and hopefully providing more goals.

  • Goal Threat

Though not a striker by trade, Szoboszlai has a fierce eye in front of goal.

He is a dead ball specialist and free kicks are most certainly his trade mark including one he scored for Hungary vs Turkey in the Nations League in September, which was powerful long-distanced wonder strike and has already been touted as an early contender for the Pukas awards.

He has managed to score five goals for his clubs side in all competitions, but his goals, including the free kick against Turkey, for his national team have been nothing short of jaw-dropping.

It was only a couple of days ago that he managed to run nearly the full length of the field during stoppage time,  to score the goal which sent Hungary to the Euro's.

In the league Arsenal have only scored nine goals, which of course is bad enough on its own, but only one has come from a set piece.

The addition of Szoboszlai therefore would be key in trying to create and score more goals.

  • Young Prospect

Looking at his stats and watching him play, you'd be forgiven for forgetting how young Szoboszlai is, but it really does highlight how bright a future he has.

At only 20, the midfielder would come with a slightly lower price tag than most experienced players in his position in the market, though this may change with all the interest in his signature.

Either way whatever is paid will be a smart investment, with between 10-15 years potentially of playing at the top of his game.

Arsenal of course have a growing crop of developing youngsters who have all done extremely well to settle into the first team, including Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and many others. Szoboszlai therefore would fit into the team being built by Arteta.

The confidence possessed by the current Salzburg midfielder, makes him a real stand out individual with the potential to become even better, especially under the guidance of Arteta.

Currently Arsenal are crying out for a playmaker. Szoboszlai would be the perfect solution for that. But if they do want him, they will have to act fast as they won't be the only club chasing for his signature when the January transfer window opens. 

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