Sweden were one of the World Cup’s surprise packages, topping their group and knocking Germany out of the tournament in the process before getting dumped by England in the tournament’s knockout stages.
At the World Cup, one of Sweden’s star performers was RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg with the 26-year-old’s deflected strike against Switzerland setting up their quarter-final clash with England.
For Sweden and club side Leipzig, Forsberg has shown excellent technical ability and athleticism and, coupled with his excellent vision and delivery, means that the Swede has drawn comparisons with Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.
However, Forsberg’s extra pace allows him to play as either a winger or an attacking midfielder and has been one of the key components to a Leipizig side which has experienced a meteoric rise from the fifth-tier of German football to the Champions League since they were founded in 2009.
With rumours swirling around whether or not Wales international Aaron Ramsey will sign a new deal at Arsenal once his current deal is up at the end of the season, Forsberg would be a perfect replacement for the Gunners’ creative force.
Lazy Fan Sports can exclusively report that Forsberg is in fact on Arsenal’s list of transfer targets and that he is well liked by key figures at the club.
However, despite a good showing at the World Cup, Forsberg did not have the most consistent season in the Bundesliga this year, meaning that the Gunners are wary of spending big money on him.
Forsberg has a contract which only runs until the end of the season so there is a chance that Arsenal may be able to get him on the cheap if they are able to turn his head and Leipzig are forced to cash in before he leaves on a free.