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Rio Ferdinand and Alan Shearer deliver honest verdict on Arsenal target Alexander Isak

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Premier League legends Rio Ferdinand and Alan Shearer have had their say on reported Arsenal target and Sweden star Alexander Isak.

The Athletic revealed earlier this month that the Gunners are keen to sign the Swede, who has had a stunning season at Real Sociedad. Cadena Ser backed that claim a few days later by claiming that Arsenal have opened talks with the 21-year-old’s agents.

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Arsenal fans are really excited about the prospect of signing Isak. Many Gooners were glued to their TV sets last night to see him in action against Spain, and although he barely had any service, he managed to cause La Roja’s defence a few problems.

Newcastle icon Shearer heaped a ton of praise on Isak even before the game started, while Ferdinand was really impressed after the final whistle. Here’s what the two of them had to say about the striker yesterday.

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Ferdinand: Isak was a nuisance against Spain

Shearer said before kickoff: “He has had a magnificent season at Sociedad. 21 years of age. Scored on his full debut at 17 years against Slovakia to become the youngster ever goalscorer for his country.

“17 goals from 34 games last season that earned him the Young Player of the Year in Spain, so you can understand the hype, you can understand why there is an excitement about him. Big hopes for him.” (BBC One, Monday, 07:42 pm)

Ferdinand added after the game: “He was a nuisance. He showed today why he has got Young Player of the Year in La Liga. He was the outlet.” (BBC One, Monday, 10:02 pm)

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Should Arsenal sign Alexander Isak?

Arsenal have a lot to sort out in attack in the coming days. The futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both up in the air, and if the two strikers are sold this summer, we will need to replace them.

Isak would be a sensational replacement. The Swede would offer us something completely different to what we’ve had in recent years, and alongside the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka at Arsenal, he could really thrive.

However, the Swede has a £60 million release clause inserted in his contract. That complicates things for interested clubs like Arsenal, but the financial impact of the global pandemic and Borussia Dortmund’s buy-back clause could help us get him for a considerably lesser fee.

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