It is now clear that Mesut Ozil will not play again for Arsenal. The German has been left out the Premier League and Europa League squads until January, and it looks like Mikel Arteta has no interest in bringing him back for the second half of the season.
Ozil’s situation at Arsenal really is a shame. The German is undoubtedly our most creative player. A playmaker like him is arguably the only thing missing in our squad at the moment, but the former Real Madrid man is not deemed as the solution.
That forces Arteta, Edu and Co to dive into the transfer market for a new number 10. Lyon’s Houssem Aouar was reportedly our number one target in the summer, but a deal could not be completed.
Arsenal tabled a bid in the region of £32 million in September, but that fell a long way short of Lyon’s £55 million asking-price. (Mirror) We brought in Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid instead, and the Ghanaian has proved to be an excellent acquisition.
However, the number 10 role still needs to be filled, and the January transfer window isn’t too far away. Arsenal fans would love Aouar, but his humongous price-tag makes him an unreasonable option in the winter window.
Thankfully, another one of our targets is available for less than half of what Aouar is expected to cost.
Gazzetta dello Sport claimed earlier this week that RB Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai has a release clause in his contract that makes him available for just £23 million in the January transfer window.
Szoboszlai for just £23 million is a bargain
The 20-year-old Hungarian is one of the most sought out young midfielders in the world at the moment. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claimed on his Here We Go podcast that Arsenal were monitoring his development in the summer.
Szoboszlai has scored five goals and has provided eight assists in just 11 starts this season in all competitions. The RB Salzburg star scored 12 and assisted 18 goals last term, and it is only a matter of time before a top club snaps him up.
Szoboszlai is hugely versatile – he can play as a number 10 and on both flanks. That makes him a very exciting option for Arsenal and Arteta who loves players who can play in multiple positions.
If the Hungarian is available for as little as £23 million, we should make a move in January before someone else beats us to his signature.