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Arsenal could've signed Patrik Schick twice before - here's why they didn't

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Euro 2020 has a new hero and his name is Patrik Schick.

The Czech Republic star went into the game against Scotland having scored two goals in his last three international appearances. He only went and doubled it today and he did it in incredible style.

Schick gave his side the lead against Scotland with a fantastic header. He deserves a ton of praise for that goal alone, but what he did six minutes after the break will simply blow your mind.

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The Bayer Leverkusen star picked the ball up at the halfway line and saw Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall off his line. He channelled his inner Wayne Rooney and had a pop, and scored one of the best goals in the history of the European championships.

For a player who is mostly renowned for his heading ability, it’s really impressive to see what he can do with his feet. His presence of mind deserves a ton of praise as well, and his fantastic brace puts his country on top of Group D.

English Gooners are absolutely delighted with Schick’s goal just because it was against Scotland. If things were a little different, we would be celebrating now because he was an Arsenal player.

Arsenal could’ve signed Patrik Schick twice before

Back in November 2018, the Gunners were linked with multiple strikers to replace Danny Welbeck, who had suffered a horrific ankle injury. Schick was reportedly on top of Unai Emery’s wish list, but a deal didn’t materialise.

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The Czech centre-forward was at Roma back then and the Giallorossi were open to selling him. However, they demanded Aaron Ramsey in exchange for Schick and Arsenal decided against signing him as a result. (Corriere Dello Sport)

Arsenal had another opportunity to sign the Czech ace 12 months ago. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future was up in the air and many felt that the Gabon star would leave the club to play Champions League football elsewhere.

Edu enquired about signing Schick then (Corriere dello Sport), but Auba ended up staying and the deal fell through. The striker joined Bayer Leverkusen instead last summer and he has had a decent campaign, having scored 13 goals in all competitions.

The highlight of his last 12 months, however, will be his stunner against Scotland tonight, and he deserves every praise he’ll get.

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