Arsenal have received a major boost in their pursuit of Leipzig star, Marcel Sabitzer. Last week, the Gunners were linked, along with Spurs, with a £45 million move for the playmaker. This deservedly received huge excitement from Arsenal fans, most of whom are fully aware of the superb impact he would have on our team.
This excitement grows just a little bit stronger today. RB Leipzig chief has expressed the fact that the club is certainly not afraid to lose its best players if it appears like the right move financially and if they can find the right players to fill in those gaps. They are well known for having some of the best recruitment in the world having identified talents like Sabitzer, Werner, Upamecano and Nkunku. They have a real knack for bringing in promising players and taking them to the next level. Oliver Mintzlaff, the Leipzig chief, said that in selling players like Werner and Keita, their squad was still able to progress forward.
One reason why this might perhaps ironically boost Arsenal’s hopes, is that Leipzig recently beat Arsenal to the signing of Dominik Szoboszlai; a player of a similar profile to Sabitzer. To me, this would suggest that if Arsenal can meet their financial demands, there would be no concern for Mintzlaff’s squad to show any kind of regression.
He is a player that would fit in perfectly in our side. He is a true modern playmaker who primarily operates behind the strikers, but when given the freedom can create chances from a variety of areas. He also is very used to pressing high, but making recovery runs to get behind the ball as well. The links to Buendia seem like we would be finding the new Santi Cazorla. When watching Buendia and the areas he operates in, plus his comfort on either foot, makes him stylistically very similar to what Santi Cazorla was for Arsenal. Many may not remember, but Santi too was predominantly a RM/CAM at Villarreal and Malaga before we began using him in a slightly deeper role. With the security of Thomas Partey next to him, this pivot will work superbly. Then, to have Sabitzer slightly further up in the number 10 role, we finally can replace the lack of goals from midfield that Aaron Ramsey took with him. At 24 and 26 respectively, Buendia and Sabitzer could fill these gaps potentially for the next 5 or 6 years.
These are the two most glaringly obvious gaps in our current team, therefore have to be the priorities. I think the transfers are more doable than people think as well. Buendia we may be able to agree a player plus cash move for, whereas the rumours suggesting either Fenerbahce or DC United are set to take Ozil away this January would potentially help free up the funds needed to convince Leipzig to part ways with Sabitzer. If this is how our January ends up going, I think there would suddenly be a great deal more faith in the Kroenke’s as well as Edu and Arteta’s transfer strategy moving forward. MAKE IT HAPPEN ARSENAL!
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