In this instalment of our Transfer Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Arsenal recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Is Unai Emery the right man for Arsenal?
Arsenal ramp up Szoboszlai interest
According to Football Insider, Arsenal are to continue scouting Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai ahead of a January swoop for the 18-year-old.
It is thought that the Gunners watched Szoboszlai earlier this season and sought his signature in the summer.
Szoboszlai certainly seems a bright prospect, demonstrated by his fairly consistent performances for Salzburg so far this campaign.
Despite being a central midfielder, the youngster has spent a fair amount of time on the flank this season, according to TransferMarkt.
However, after recently adding Dani Ceballos and Joe Willock to the first team picture, perhaps another youngster would struggle for minutes in what would be a congested Arsenal midfield.
Gunners plot Ozil loan
The Daily Mirror has reported that Arsenal will allow Mesut Ozil to leave the club on loan in the winter, and are prepared to pay part of his wages to make it happen.
Ozil has made just two appearances this season and is yet to complete a full 90 minutes, having been substituted during Arsenal’s games against Watford and Nottingham Forest.
The Mirror suggests that this will not be the first time the Gunners have tried to offload the midfielder – with efforts to loan Ozil in the summer failing to come to fruition despite interest from Fenerbahce.
Ozil was left out of the Arsenal squad that faced Manchester United on Monday night, despite the German being named as part of Arsenal’s ‘leadership group’ which saw Granit Xhaka named as the club’s new captain.
However, with no known fitness issues at present, it seems that Ozil is not part of Unai Emery’s plans.
Therefore, this story may not be too surprising – though it begs the question as to why one of Arsenal’s ‘leaders’ has seemingly been exiled by the manager.
Nelson grateful for loan spell
Reiss Nelson has revealed the ways in which he has improved since going out on loan last year.
The youngster spent the 2018/19 campaign in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim, and the winger, who has made five appearances so far this season for Arsenal, has commented on his improved resilience as a result of his move away.
Writing in The Players’ Tribune, Nelson told of how his time in Germany has helped him as he strives to deliver success for Arsenal.
It seems that Arsenal agree with Nelson that his loan spell was beneficial for the 19-year-old, with the teenager being gifted first team minutes this season.
While he has spent time in and out of the team so far, Nelson notched his first Gunners goal in the recent 5-0 Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest.
If he is able to draw on the resilience he feels he developed while out on loan, he may yet be able to warrant a more regular role in the senior side in the years to come.
Arsenal fans, can Nelson become a Gunners regular? Is Ozil’s time at the club running out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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