Arsenal dealt big transfer blow as Benjamin Sesko opts to stay at RB Leipzig

  • Benjamin Sesko has decided to stay at RB Leipzig
  • Arsenal were believed to be leading the race for 21-year-old
  • Gunners will pivot to striker alternatives
Benjamin Sesko has opted to stay at RB Leipzig this summer
Benjamin Sesko has opted to stay at RB Leipzig this summer / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Arsenal have been dealt a considerable transfer blow with priority striker target Benjamin Sesko opting to stay at RB Leipzig.

The Gunners were believed to be leading a competitive race for the 21-year-old this summer, but remaining in Saxony was always a possibility for Sesko. The Slovenian international, who will face England at Euro 2024 later this month, has spent just a season in the Bundesliga having joined from FC Salzburg in 2023.

With Sesko off the market, Arsenal will pivot to alternatives as they continue their hunt for a new number nine.

Arsenal transfer target Benjamin Sesko opts to stay at RB Leipzig

Fabrizio Romano broke the exclusive news on Tuesday morning, writing that Sesko has decided to sign a new and improved contract at Leipzig.

Romano added that Leipzig won't stand in his way in future windows should interest manifest from elsewhere.

Sesko's decision is undoubtedly a blow for Arsenal, who were keen on wrapping up a deal for the 21-year-old before the start of the Euros. On the bright side, the Gunners haven't wasted too much time waiting for Sesko, with the summer transfer window not officially opening until 14 June.

The club has all the time in the world to secure their next desired striker target.

Whom that may be remains to be seen. Arsenal's interest in Joshua Zirkzee has been noted, and the club could now explore that option given the price he's available for. The Dutchman differs in profile to Sesko, but would also be a project addition.

Viktor Gyokeres was previously tagged as a possibility this summer, but Sporting CP's asking price is sky-high and Arsenal are unlikely to sign a #9 for a monster fee. Newcastle's demands for Alexander Isak has already deterred the Gunners.

There is no rush for Mikel Arteta and company, although the Spaniard would love to have his #9 for the future secured early on in the window to avoid a stressful conclusion to the summer. Arsenal have done an excellent job of getting their business done early in previous windows, but the presence of two major tournaments this summer does complicate things.