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Arsenal Receive Boost In The Race To Sign Bayern Munich Star: A Viable Replacement For Ceballos?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Fussball Transfers, Bayern Munich have permitted Corentin Tolisso to leave the club in the summer. The Frenchman has struggled with form and injuries throughout his career in the Bundesliga and is tipped to take the next step in his career. Arsenal are among the clubs interested in the services of Tolisso, who prefers a move to Premier League as his next destination.

It is fair to assume that Tolisso will be considered as a replacement for Dani Ceballos if the Bayern Munich star does move to Emirates in the summer, but is he really a viable replacement for the Spanish ace?

Style of play

Tolisso and Ceballos share a similar style of play, especially when it comes to attacking the opposition. Both the players are capable of carrying the ball across the middle third of the pitch and ease the transition play. They can use their silky footwork to nestle through tight spaces, thus evading the second line of press from the opposition.

Even when it comes to creating chances in the final third, their primary objective is often to find teammates with space in an open area. They are gifted with an excellent passing awareness, though Tolisso is much more used to the possession-based game due to his time at Bayern Munich and Olympique Lyon.

Defensively, Tolisso is definitely the more reliable option. The Frenchman is physically more adept than Ceballos, which allows him to make tackles as well as indulge in one-on-one duels. Moreover, the Bayern Munich star is also better at threading long diagonal balls, making him a much more accomplished passer.

MUNICH, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 05: Corentin Tolisso of FC Bayern Muenchen runs with the ball during the DFB Cup round of sixteen match between FC Bayern Muenchen and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Allianz Arena on February 05, 2020, in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Tactical compatibility

Ceballos was primarily used as a central midfielder in the double-pivot of Mikel Arteta’s 4-2-3-1 setup. Tolisso could certainly fill that gap as he is also quite familiar with that role. Hence, the 25-year-old can be utilised alongside someone like Granit Xhaka in the 4-2-3-1 formation.

Tolisso’s technical prowess will combine well with the Swiss International’s more robust approach. The two are also gifted with an excellent range of passing, which will only improve Arsenal’s possession game. So it is fair to point out that Tolisso is indeed a tactically compatible option for the Gunners.


As mentioned earlier, Tolisso shouldn’t find any difficulties in replacing Ceballos. The Frenchman has an ample amount of experience at the highest level of football and is also a winner. He could inject the much-needed quality in the Arsenal midfield as they look to usher in a new era under Arteta next season.

One thing Arsenal must be careful of is the player’s injury-prone nature. He has, however, improved a lot in recent years. Besides, Tolisso could be available for a cut-price this summer due to his struggles at Bayern Munich, which is combined with the financial impact of the Coronavirus. The north London giants, therefore, should not waste this opportunity to sign the midfielder.

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