RB Leipzig are everything Arsenal once were. They have a young hungry team, with an innovative and passionate coach who likes to develop players both as young men and as tactical and clever footballers. They are a side who are clearly moving forwards and have a bright future. They have not gained any of the stale and painful lethargy that has put pressure on Arsene Wenger and seen a real decline in the quality of Arsenal’s play as well as any sense of optimism at the Emirates.
It is no surprise then that many of their players are being touted across Europe, with one, Naby Keita already agreeing to go to Liverpool when the summer window opens. Keita, along with Timo Werner, is one of the most sought after players in Europe but Emil Forsberg, the Swedish star, is really not far behind them. He is positive on the ball, an excellent passer and has managed to improve year on year to a point where he needs to make a step up.
Arsene Wenger’s side might even get the chance to play against the Swedish star, with both Leipzig and Arsenal left in the Europa League and likely to progress to the semi-finals. Arsenal are one of the favourites for the title but many punters are sniffing a great deal in Leipzig, who at 8/1 are seen as dark horses to lift the trophy but, with their squad, have every chance. With lots of opportunities to grab free bets and bet on football, like Paddy Power’s risk free £20 bet, a lot of people are backing Die Roten Bullen to win Europe’s second biggest prize.
Forsberg would really be a superb signing for Arsenal, he was always destined for big things even when he began at Sundsvall and showed that he was far too talented for the small Northern Swedish town. He then moved onto to Malmo, giants of Swedish football, but didn’t flinch under pressure.
He is a real leader in the Sweden team that qualified for the world cup, he is happy to take the ball in tough positions and to take on the mantle of being the main creative outlet. Having him and Ozil serving Aubameyang would make real waves, Forsberg of course broke the Bundesliga assist record last season as Leipzig shocked Germany to finish second in the Bundesliga.
He is a player with a high ceiling, it’s clear that he can get even better and having seen Leipzig into the Europa League Quarter Finals, he is a player who has important and useful European experience. He also, would not cost a huge amount to prise away, by today’s standards, which is very important.
Arsenal need more depth, they need more creativity and they need better leaders and Forsberg would bring all of those things and more. If they do decide to go for the Swede they will not regret it and he will thrive in the rarefied air of the Premier League.