Emil Forsberg’s agent has accused RB Leipzig of destroying the dreams of his client as they look to keep the winger at the club amid intense transfer speculation.

  • 25-year-old grabbed 22 assists and 8 goals in 30 games in Bundesliga
  • He signed a new contract in February until 2022
  • Forsberg cost £3.15m in January, 2015

Arsenal have been one of a host of clubs linked with a move for the Bundesliga winger who assisted an impressive 22 times in 30 games while also scoring 8 goals.

“Me and Emil has always accepted the Club and the contracts with them,” Hasan Cetinkaya said.

“When Emil got there, the ambition was to take the team to the Bundesliga and the Champions League. 

“He has been involved all the way and broken records in their jersey. Both me and Emil have spoken to the club about his ambitions, his future and dreams. 

“They have not bought him for 15 million euros, they bought him for 3.5 million euros. He signed a new contract and has paid ten times back. 

“I will never accept that someone who I have never met, be so arrogant in this way.

“They have to live with that they destroy his dreams.

“As Emil has four years left on the contract so we expect that he will stay.”

The player

Forsberg is a Swedish international, currently playing for Red Bull Leipzig.

The 25-year-old is valued at €15 million by Tranfermarkt, and has contract with Red Bull Leipzig until 2022 so they would expect to get considerably more for him than that.

His most natural position is a left sided winger, but last season the RB Leipzig manager used him as an attacking midfielder, responsible for creating chances, and waiting for his opportunity to strike.

Forsberg’s main characteristics in play are beating his opponent and cutting inside behind the central forward.

Strengths

The young Swede has plenty of traits which make him one of the best attacking players in the Bundesliga.

His ability to find teammates in dangerous positions is really remarkable.

He makes an average of 2.17 key passes per game and almost a quarter of those passes get converted into goals as he sets up a goal once in every two games.

Another strength of his is dribbling, and he is very capable of catching his opponents on their weaker foot as he surges forward, mostly by cutting inside.

Forsberg is also great at crossing and taking set-pieces, often sending long and hard balls across penalty box in dangerous areas where his teammates can make the most of them.

Weakness

Even though he’s quite a dribbler, he isn’t one of physically strongest players and is easily dispossessed by a more robust players.

With 179 cm of height he certainly isn’t one of the shortest players around but still doesn’t have much of an ability to present an aerial threat for the opposition, winning only 30% of all aerial duels last season.

When looking at his number of assists and his ability to make chances, one wouldn’t think that Forsberg would have much trouble passing, but that could also be looked at as one of his weaknesses. Having made only 77% of all passes, for a play-maker of his quality and technique, that is pretty poor return.

What can he bring to Arsenal?

Emile Forsberg still has the time and potential to grow as a player. At 25-years-of-age, he’s slowly coming to his peak footballing years where he has enough experience and strength to show the world what he’s made off.

The only problem with his integration into the squad would be the position in which he could play week in and out.

Alexis Sanchez is the only obvious first choice on the left wing, and Mesut Ozil in the attacking midfielder position would have a place in any team.

One of the possibilities is to try him on the right wing, a position that could use a boost with a player of his qualities. The only problem with that position would be his right foot preference, as he’d be unable to cut inside, something he does best.

If Arsene Wenger wishes to bring young Swede to the Emirates, it is being reported that a fee of at least £20 million would be necessary for Leipzig to even consider selling him although now they seem to be digging in on principle alone…and that never ends well for anyone.

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