Dominik Szoboszlai is the name on Arsenal fans’ lips.
In the football world we live in where anything other than immediate results constitutes failure, the embarrassing nature of supporters to seek the easy route out is painstakingly prevalent. At Arsenal we’re no different – admission time – as despite the Emirates’ gorgeous playing surface, the grass is always greener.
However, this grass is greener.
The failure to land a creative midfielder in the recent transfer window was unquestionably just that, with resources directed elsewhere with an eye on strengthening the spine of the team. Fabulous additions they were too, Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes. Excellent recruitment.
But Houssem Aouar (who everyone seems to have immediately forgotten about) not joining was a dampener, with Dominik Szoboszlai the other name mentioned to solve the creative chasm. While he may not have been the name at the time, he sure is now.
As per Hungarian outlet Index, Arsenal’s interest in his signature ‘is real’. Those claims come via the player’s agent, Mátyás Esterházy, who appears to be hinting that a departure from Red Bull Salzburg is inevitable (so too is agent pot-stirring to raise a price).
In truth, it’s a matter of time.
Szoboszlai, it must be noted, is nothing like Aouar. Not even remotely close. However, fans will see the goal compilations on YouTube and drool at the thought of him donning Arsenal red, focused solely on those snippets of footage. Who can blame them, he’s electric.
His stats tell an even more delightful story, too. In 2020/21 he’s netted five goals and laid on eight assists in just 12 matches, while last term he chipped in with 30 goal contributions across 40 outings.
Excellent work-rate and remarkable strength on the ball have seen him shoot up in the estimations of clubs across Europe, with Salzburg highly unlikely to keep hold of him beyond next summer.
AC Milan have been heavily linked in the past, although the report also suggests he could remain in the ‘German-speaking world’. The former, despite some claims, are not nearing his signing and look to be out of the race, leaving Arsenal to fight it out with Bundesliga clubs.
That said, given the form he’s in, other interested parties are sure to crop up from the Premier League and beyond. The Hungarian has a ceiling like few others and will be world-class one day.
Ideally that’s at Arsenal.