Dominik Szoboszlai: The missing piece
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 27: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Dominik Szoboszlai of Red Bull Salzburg looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group A stage match between Atletico Madrid and RB Salzburg at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on October 27, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alejandro Rios/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Arsenal delivered 44 crosses against Spurs, 25 per cent were drilled and 34 per cent failed to beat the first man, yet the story stays the same for The Gunners- goalless.

Despite their efforts, they failed to register a goal versus their high-flying rivals, falling to a 2-0 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Mikel Arteta appears to have fallen short of ideas, but Arsenal fans haven’t and there is one name on all of their Christmas Wish lists this year. Dominik Szoboszlai.

Szoboszlai (sob-boss-lie) been subject to heavy interest from Arsenal and Gooners are crying out for a creative spark to reignite their season.

After Mesut Ozil’s exclusion from the squad and having missed out Lyon’s Houssem Aouar in the summer, Szoboszlai has prevailed as the solution to The Gunners attacking woes.

  • Destined for greatness

After spending two years at RB Salzburg, he looks set to make a move to a European giant to progress his career. Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Spurs are all potential suitors, but, it appears that RB Leipzig are front-runners for the Hungarian’s signature.

If Szoboszlai chooses Leipzig he will follow former Salzburg players Naby Keita, Dayot Upamecano, Konrad Laimer and most recently Hwang Hee-Chan in transitioning from one Red Bull institution to another- a move that has proved beneficial in years gone by.

 

The 20-year-old fits the bill for Arsenal and is tipped to seamlessly slip into the starting line-up.

Likened to Jack Grealish for his ability to play off the left as well as a number ten, Szoboszlai also offers a similar skill set to the Englishman.

The forward possesses a larger frame but, like Grealish, is a player considered to be technically elite with an astonishing long-range strike, not to mention his physical prowess that allows him to operate from box to box at immense speed.

Born in Budapest, he joined Salzburg in January 2018 from Liefering and has since notched 25 goals in 79 appearances for his current team- including four goals and five assists in the Austrian Bundesliga this current season.

 

  • Performing on Europe's biggest stage

His reputation has been boosted as of late with stellar performances in the Champions League- the most notable of which against fellow Group A contenders Atletico Madrid where he was on the scoresheet.

Generally, these displays would see a player's value skyrocket but due to a release clause in his contract, he is available for a bargain of €25m.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein has revealed that Salzburg require this fee upfront- not in installations- with two weeks notice of triggering the clause. In this instance, Szoboszlai must notify his club by Tuesday 15th if he wants to leave and any bids need to be tabled by New Year's Eve.

The highly coveted star’s destination is still a mystery but one thing that is for sure is that Arsenal are set to go all guns blazing to secure their man.

Arteta prefers to play a 4-2-3-1 which could see Szoboszlai operate in behind the striker to offer some attacking firepower. Alternatively, he could feature off the left in a 3-4-3 which the Arsenal boss implemented at the start of this season.

Szoloboszlai’s attacking flare would be unleashed in front of a double pivot of Thomas Partey and whoever else earns the spot, which would provide The Gunners with an attacking threat they have been missing all season long.

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