Arsenal’s need for an attack-minded, creative midfielder has become abundantly clear in recent weeks.
Mikel Arteta has made progress by establishing a clear tactical structure, but the Gunners are desperately lacking an inventive presence to make things happen through the centre of the pitch.
This was evident in the goalless draw against Leeds United on Sunday, and across several matches this term.
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Houssem Aouar was targeted over the summer, but no deal was struck with Lyon for the French playmaker. And with the January window on the horizon, the Gunners could return for Aouar.
Other targets have, however, been put forward as potential solutions to Arsenal’s attacking midfield problems. Here is one dream signing and one realistic sighting for the Gunners in January.
Dream signing: Dominik Szoboszlai (Red Bull Salzburg)
Szoboszlai has caught the eye with his impressive performances for Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League group stages this season, with the Hungarian also playing a key role in sending his country to next summer’s European Championships.
The 20-year-old looks like the real deal. He is averaging three key passes per 90 minutes in the Champions League this term (as per WhoScored), as well as 2.3 shots per 90 minutes.
He has found the net twice in just three appearances and was especially impressive in last month’s match against Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for Szoboszlai, and the attacking midfielder has a release clause of £22.5 million written into his contract.
Arsenal, who paid £45 million for Thomas Partey in the summer window, would surely be able to pay this price for one of European football’s most exciting young talents.
However, that status could put him out of Arsenal’s reach. Szoboszlai has…