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Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai ‘likely to leave’ in January admits RB Salzburg boss

Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai will likely leave Red Bull Salzburg during the January transfer window, claims his boss Jesse Marsch. Szoboszlai has been viewed as a potential alternative to Houssem Aoaur.

Arsenal are believed to be long-term admirers of Szoboszlai and have been linked with him ahead of the January window.

The Gunners are on the lookout for a new creative midfielder after exiling Mesut Ozil from the squad.

Mikel Arteta’s side have been lacking creativity and the ability to move the ball forward, something which was evident in their most recent game as they lost 3-0 against Aston Villa.

Ozil, who is arguably their most productive attacking midfielder, appears unlikely to ever play for the club again after being left out of their Premier League and Europa League squads and with his contract expiring in 2021.

As a result, Arsenal transfer chiefs have started looking for a replacement, and have viewed Szoboszlai as a target.

The Salzburg youngster has caught the eye of a host of teams from around Europe, with the Gunners believed to be leading the way.

The 20-year-old has an impressive five goals and nine assists from just 13 games in all competitions, having made a promising start to the season.

And Salzburg boss Marsch has conceded that Szoboszlai will likely leave the club during the January window.

He insisted that he didn’t want to hold the Hungarian wonderkid back in his development, and said he wants Szoboszlai to prove his ability elsewhere.

Speaking to Grant Wahl, he explained the youngster’s situation ahead of the window opening.

Marsch said: “Yes. The reality is that a guy like Dominik Szoboszlai is likely to have many suitors this winter.

“He’s an incredible talent, and I say this: When you coach young players, you have to love them and love the fact that they’re going to move on and love that they’re going to have big opportunities to prove themselves and show how good they are.

“If you’re only worried about how it affects your success, then you’re not really going to ever be effective at coaching and leading young people.

“So with a guy like Dominik, I mean, I want him to show everyone in the world how good he is.

“So let’s see what happens, but I would be surprised if he winds up staying past winter.

“We play with teenagers, and of course when they do well a lot of clubs get really excited.”

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