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Arsenal Join Race To Sign RB Salzburg Ace In January: Is He A Viable Target For The Gunners?

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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 Mirror, Arsenal are among clubs interested in Dominik Szoboszlai. The RB Salzburg midfielder has emerged on the radar of big clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid and AC Milan, following his excellent performances for both club and country. The Gunners, therefore, have some stiff competition in their pursuit of Szoboszlai, who could be on his way out of Salzburg in the upcoming January transfer window.

Dominik Szoboszlai: One Of The Gems In European Football

Regarded as the face of Hungarian football, Szoboszlai has been a consistent performer for Salzburg ever since his breakthrough during the backend of the 2018/19 campaign. He has been a real asset for the Austrian giants, notably being involved in 21 goals in 27 league matches last season.

A left-winger by trade, Szoboszlai’s contributions in the final third have been critical behind Salzburg’s dominance over Austrian football. He has managed to replicate his performances for his country as well, scoring three goals in 12 matches and helping the Magyars secure qualification for the upcoming European Championship.

What Can He Bring To The Table?

Under the leadership of Jesse Marsch, Szoboszlai has emerged as a vital cog in Salzburg’s first line of press. The 20-year-old has impressed the onlookers with his work ethic and willingness to press the opposing ball-carrier. It has tuned in well with the high-intensity philosophy of the American tactician.

Arsenal are among clubs interested in Dominik Szoboszlai - Jesse Marsch has been an inspiration for him.
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Another key element Szoboszlai has inherited, thanks to Marsch’s tactical philosophy, is the ability to operate in a narrow shape with emphasis on collectivism. As such, the Hungarian international is quite effective when it comes to rotating possession using a quick sequence of passes – making it difficult for the opposition to intervene.

In addition, Szoboszlai is a menace on the counter, thanks to his ability to pick out passes in the final third. It was highlighted by his tally of 14 assists in the Austrian Bundesliga last term.

Why Szoboszlai Could Be Massive A Coup For Arsenal

Arsenal are in need of a playmaker following the decline of Mesut Ozil, whose contract expires at the end of the season. The Gunners have also lacked the creative essence in the final third this campaign. This is where Szoboszlai could prove to be an ideal fit.

The RB Salzburg superstar could provide the creativity in the final third, but ideally, it is his tactical knowledge of the game that could make him a tailor-made fit for Mikel Arteta.

Szoboszlai is quite effective when it comes to initiating counter-attacks, and with pacy attackers like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe lurking in the final third, it could make his job way easier. The Hungarian is also capable of operating in a variety of positions in attack, and at the age of just 20, he could be a smart-long term investment for the Gunners.

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