Arsenal Transfer News: Emil Forsberg Rumours, 'Really Wants' Premier League Move

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 20, 2018

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - MARCH 08:  Emil Forsberg of RB Leipzig reacts during UEFA Europa League Round of 16 match between RB Leipzig and Zenit St Petersburg at the Red Bull Arena on March 8, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany.  (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)
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Reported Arsenal target Emil Forsberg was unhappy after the club's offer was turned down by RB Leipzig last summer, according to German journalist Raphael Honigstein.

Honigstein appeared on The Totally Football Show podcast (h/t The Sun's Warren Haughton) and explained some of the background to Arsenal's interest in the Sweden international and stated the midfielder still wishes to move to England:

"Emil Forsberg has been in and out of the (RB Leipzig) team with injuries, and they've really missed him a lot.

"He is still a guy who really wants to go to the Premier League. He was very upset when Arsenal's offer was turned down straight away by Leipzig.

"I think that sort of team will come back in for him because he has got a lot of talent."

Speculation was abound this past winter that Forsberg could leave Leipzig, and while he failed to rule out a future move, he told German newspaper Die Welt "everything is possible," per Goal's Ronan Murphy:

The 26-year-old has struggled for consistency this season due to injuries and illnesses, scoring four goals in 27 appearances across all competitions and featuring on the left flank and in a more central No. 10 role.

Forsberg has been named Swedish Midfielder of the Year in three of the last four years (2014, 2016 and 2017), and German outlet DW Sports recently profiled his rise to Bundesliga title contention:

Arsenal recruited a right-sided specialist of genuine quality in Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January, but Forsberg could provide a similar class of player on the left, with the Gunners lacking options on the opposite flank.

Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil are among the players manager Arsene Wenger sometimes calls upon to fill a role on that side, but perhaps none are to the same standard Forsberg would be in the same position.

Leipzig drew 1-1 at home to Hamburg in January, when commentator Kevin Hatchard highlighted the absence of Forsberg as an especially difficult obstacle for the side to overcome:

Forsberg was linked with Arsenal last summer, and his agent Hasan Cetinkaya was emotive when describing his client's disappointment at being refused an exit by Leipzig, per The Independent's Jack Austin:

"I and Emil have always accepted the club and the contracts with them. When Emil went there, the ambition was to take the team to the Bundesliga and then the Champions League.

"He has been involved with them all the way and broke records in their shirt. Both me and Emil have spoken to the club about his ambition, his future and his dreams.

"They didn't buy him for €15 million, but for €3 million and he signed a new contract and paid them back 10 times. They will have to live with the fact that they are destroying his dreams."

It's unlikely one of Germany's more financially better-equipped outfits will be desperate to offload their star should Arsenal come calling, although they may still snap at the chance given the opportunity to make a big profit.

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