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Arsenal Plot Move For RB Leipzig Star: Does He Have What It Takes?

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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 SportBild, as cited by Sport Witness, Arsenal are in the market for Tyler Adams. The RB Leipzig star has emerged as an ideal midfield target for head coach Mikel Arteta. Leipzig, though, are not too keen on offloading their star player for cheap and have protected Adams with a €40 million release clause which can’t be negotiated.

Tyler Adams’ Success In The Bundesliga

A native of New York, Tyler Adams joined RB Leipzig in 2019, in a €2.6 million move from NY Red Bulls. He was one of the most prominent youth products of the Red Bull school of football in North America and his move to Germany has proved to be quite successful.

In almost three years, Adams has notched up 79 competitive appearances for Leipzig. Although he is yet to make himself a first-team regular in the Bundesliga, he has turned out to be a key asset for the club, in the middle of the park.

A defensive midfielder by trade, the American international is one of the most versatile players at Leipzig. In addition to his preferred number six slot, he can operate as a right wingback, right-back, and right-sided midfielder. He is also adept at playing as a number eight, making him quite an asset for Die Roten Bullen.

Moreover, Adams offers a lot of work ethic, tenacity and aggression, which combine to make him a useful outlet in the second line of press. His fearless nature in defence serves as another feather in the cap of this versatile midfielder.

Arsenal target Tyler Adams.
LEIPZIG, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 06: Tyler Adams of Leipzig in action during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund at Red Bull Arena on November 06, 2021 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Is He A Wise Option For The Gunners?

Arsenal’s pursuit of Tyler Adams is hardly surprising as the Gunners lack depth in their midfield unit. The summer exit of Dani Ceballos, coupled with the early injury of Granit Xhaka, has left Arteta devoid of reliable options in the middle of the park.

Thomas Partey and Albert Sambi Lokonga have both done well. But the club lacks a proper alternative who can not only serve as a backup but also challenge these two players for a place in the starting eleven.

Adams fits the bill well due to his versatility, aggression and work ethic, which could make him an ideal asset in the Arsenal midfield. He can operate alongside Partey in the double-pivot, adding more solidity in midfield while his impeccable fitness and athleticism are always a bonus.

However, the Leipzig midfielder could be a gamble as well, as far as Arsenal are concerned. While there are no doubts about Adams’ quality, it can be argued that a value of €40 million is a bit too expensive, especially for a player who is yet to become a first-team regular under Jesse Marsch.

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