Thursday, January 21, 2021

Arsenal in talks with representatives of Mesut Ozil replacement

Arsenal has started talks with representative s of German attackers in order to replace outgoing Mesut Ozil. Mikel Arteta has shown a green signal for Ozil’s exit after he was left out of the Premier League squad. Arsenal scouts have been working hard to find out the best possible replacement for Ozil.

Arteta is missing a creative playmaker in the middle, who can create those important chances. The Gunners have been poor in front of goal this term in Premier League. Likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette haven’t fired much as they regularly do at Emirates.

However, Arsenal’s academy product Emile Smith Rowe is the current attacker, who has been promoted from the reserve squad. The 20-year-old has made three appearances so far and has contributed three crucial assists in the Premier League.

Emile’s form in the middle of the park is also one of the reasons for Arsenal’s successive run in the past three games. The side is currently on a four-game winning streak and will host Crystal Palace at their home on Thursday night footballing action.

Arsenal are looking to sign Ozil replcement as young Smith Rowe shines in his position
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The youngster was already in Arteta’s plan during the initial phase of Premier League this term. However, the injury didn’t allow him to showcase his talent amongst the Premier League clubs. But after racking up three appearances in the Europa League, helping the Gunners secure victories and also netted a goal.

The attacking-midfield ace has now been rewarded with an opportunity to impress in the Premier League. Emile is currently in limelight and receiving a lot of praise for his recent display. However, he might face competition with the incoming attacker in the January transfer window.

According to 90Min

, Arsenal has spoken with the representatives of Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler over a possible move to the Emirates Stadium in January – or the summer. Draxler has been on Arsenal’s shortlist for some time.

Competition for Emile Smith Rowe at Arsenal?

Arsenal are looking to sign Julian Draxler as Ozil replacement and give competition to Smith Rowe
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Julian Draxler would be a brilliant addition for Arsenal, who could bolster the attacking setup. The German midfielder has been rumored to move away with various clubs in recent times. Arsenal did have Draxler’s name in the shortlist alongside Hungarian Dominik Szoboszlai.

The German attacker will obviously be the first choice at Emirates for Mikel Arteta. Emile Smith Rowe needs to fight for his place in the starting eleven. The youngster has been compared with Mesut Ozil by various football pundits and even Ozil has accepted the praise.

“He made the difference in the last couple of games as a No.10. Really happy for him. And he showed that playing with a No.10 can still make sense in today’s football,” said Ozil on Twitter. While Ozil is in talks with a number of clubs for a potential move away from Emirates.

Can Draxler replace Ozil at Arsenal?

Julian Draxler has been a stand-out performer for Paris Saint-Germain in the past seasons. Former Wolfsburg star moved to France back in 2016-17 season for £32.40m. However, he’s not been a regular for the French club in recent times in Ligue-1.

Draxler has scored just two goals and an assist in eleven outings in Ligue-1 this term. And, the attacker hasn’t featured a single game for PSG in Champions League competition. However, he could be a perfect fit for Arsenal under Mikel Arteta, who needs a player of his kind in the middle.

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