Since Unai Emery took cost of Arsenal the Spaniard has had a bunch of points with playmakers Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
With performances and angle on and off the pitch from these two gamers inflicting some concern, the Gunners board could also be searching for a brand new attacking risk within the January switch window, with Roma’s Cengiz Below linked.
The 21-year previous would definitely qualify as a part of the energetic and younger setup that Emery is constructing on the Emirates, however stories from Italy present that Roma would seem to need near £45million for the Turkish worldwide.
So who’s the person Arsenal must break the financial institution for? talkSPORT.com profiles the Roma ace.
Cengiz Below factfile
Identify: Cengiz Below
Born: July, 14, 1997 in Sındırgı, Turkey
Worldwide: 10 Caps, 4 targets
Profession Spotlight: Coming off the bench to assist Roma full their historic Champions League comeback in opposition to Barcelona in 2018.
Below moved to Italy from his homeland of Turkey the place he performed for Basaksehir, making 43 appearances, scoring 9 targets and creating seven in his youth.
Since his transfer to Roma for €14.5million, Below has already made the identical quantity of appearances in Serie A alone, and has performed a job in 17 targets.
His most spectacular sport this season got here within the Champions League group stage sport at dwelling in opposition to Viktoria Plzen the place he netted twice, produced one help and was named man of the match award in a routine 5-Zero win on the Stadio Olimpico.
Nearly a Citizen
Earlier than his transfer to the Everlasting Metropolis, Below had specified his ambitions to play within the Premier League, which result in the dilemma of selecting between going to Italy or going to Manchester Metropolis who had made a suggestion for him.
His agent, Omer Uzan revealed that ‘Metropolis have been working with Freiberg’ and upon signing Cengiz they have been trying to mortgage him out to the German facet instantly.
This was an concept that deterred the Turkish wonderkid and on the idea he would have the chance of first-team soccer in each home and European competitors, Below favoured a transfer to Roma, the place their sporting director Ramon ‘Monchi’ Verdejo was thought of the ‘decisive issue’, based on Omer.
Nicknames and comparisons
With each younger, comparatively unknown, expertise there are all the time comparisons – is he the subsequent Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Neymar?
He’s not fairly like certainly one of these elite stars however sticking with Argentina, Below has been dubbed the ‘Turkish Dybala’ and was a straight substitute for Mohammed Salah at Roma, who moved to Liverpool in the summertime of 2017.
Enjoying in the identical league as Juve’s Dybala, Cengiz is comparable for his spectacular dribbling abilities and his capability to separate defences and ship highly effective photographs from his favoured left foot which may make him an attractive goal for Emery.
Arsenal presently solely have two left-footed gamers in both midfield or assault – Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka – and they don’t provide the identical direct purpose risk that Below may present to the staff, including to targets scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette this season.
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Below has confirmed he can reduce it on the highest stage; within the Champions League this season he has made six appearances contributing to 5 targets in half a dozen video games.
A priority with the 21-year previous is that he took some time to settle at Roma, admitting he discovered it “troublesome to adapt to life in Italy, studying the language and tradition”. His nationwide staff supervisor, Mircea Lucescu, urged Below to maintain going.
On the time his poor performances in Serie A – principally in its place – led to supervisor Eusebio Di Francesco take into account a mortgage for Below with the view of bringing in a brief time period substitute. It was an concept that was irritating for Below as he was used to excelling with ease throughout his early profession in Turkey.
Lucescu sat down with Cengiz although and tried to assist him together with his linguistic abilities to assist him match in additional simply in Rome.
The Turkish nationwide staff coach knew Below wasn’t exhibiting his finest in Italy simply but given the prodigy had scored 3 times in six video games for Turkey by the again finish of November 2017.
So serving to Below additionally helped Lucescu, because the coach wished a dependable attacking risk for his Turkey setup; he urged Below to remain in Rome and never settle for any mortgage presents.
Talking in 2017, Lucescu said: “I additionally suggested Di Francesco to stick with him and work patiently with him as a result of his qualities would’ve come out in the long term,
“I’ll be relying on him rather a lot sooner or later. Cengiz will turn out to be a pillar of the brand new nationwide staff.”
Premier League subsequent?
Placing all of that to at least one facet, it’s sure that Below has matured throughout his time in Italy and a dream transfer to England and the Premier League is on the playing cards. Arsenal are main the race for Below, however they may face may face competitors from native rivals Tottenham – who reportedly made an strategy for the winger in the summertime of 2018.
Chelsea have been additionally within the combine to signal him however are mentioned to have cooled their curiosity after the current January addition of American worldwide Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for £58million.