Szoboszlai deal not dead

The story of Arsenal’s winter has taken a further twist it seems as new reports surface claiming that despite news of Leipzig wrapping up a deal for Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai, Arsenal remain keen and the situation with the German club is not as concrete as first thought.

David Ornstein of The Athletic spoke on the Ornstein and Chapman podcast about Arsenal’s transfer situation and the Hungarian specifically. He was asked about Mesut Ozil’s situation and whether the German could be reinstated to fill the central creative void currently at the club.

“I don’t see Arsenal changing tact on that, I don’t see Mikel Arteta shifting his stance. I don’t see personally him bringing Ozil back in, in January. What I do see is Arsenal trying to make a signing of a creative player,” he said.

“And we know they’ve got an interest in Szoboszlai. There’ve been reports that he’s opted to join Leipzig which wouldn’t surprise anybody given the path from Salzburg to Leipzig. But personally I’ve not heard that & very recently I’ve heard that Arsenal still are interested in him.”

It might very much be a case of the hope that kills you with the situation for Arsenal fans and Szoboszlai. Watching the 20-year-old in the Champions League has shown a talented player but still needing refinement and composure in big moments. Fantastic goals against Lokomotiv Moscow and Atletico Madrid were balanced by big 1 vs 1 misses against Bayern Munich and the Spanish club.

This is not what we’ve come to expect from screamer specialist Dominik Szoboszlai 😣 pic.twitter.com/TJ8LLWy89X

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Accelerated plans

An interesting line from Ornstein’s interview was confirmation that Arsenal are not looking to pursue the option of Christian Eriksen.

“They do have other options [to Szoboszlai]. I do not believe they want to pursue the signing of Christian Eriksen. But there are other possibilities that they would ideally have liked to sort of activate in the summer when Ozil leaves,” he said.

Eriksen has struggled for game time under Antonio Conte at Inter Milan after joining from Tottenham Hotspur last January. This led to links with the Gunners but the Dane looked to be too much of a risk. High wages, late twenties, the investment would not have shown much smartness and a likely reason for the Gunners aversion of that situation.

Arsenal’s Szoboszlai deal may not yet be dead after reports indicate Leipzig deal not yet done with Gunners still keen

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 29: Christian Eriksen of FC Internazionale looks on during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and ACF Fiorentina at San Siro on January 29, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

However, where Ornstein mentions that Arsenal wanted to do business in the summer with many players including Ozil leaving due to the expiry of their contracts, those plans may be accelerated to the upcoming winter window in order to address the issues of the current season.

“But things aren’t working out well and I do think that they will try to do that in January because the lack of creativity is stark,” The Athletic reporter remarked.

Whether that will take the form of Szoboszlai is anyone’s guess at this stage however incomings look like a certain at this stage.

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