PSV Eindhoven winger Balazs Dzsudzsak claims that Arsenal have made a formal offer for his services, belying claims that Arsene Wenger is waiting until Champions League qualification is ensured to spend some of the sterling he received from Manchester City.
With Nasri, Walcott, Arshavin, Rosicky, Eboue and Wilshere all able to play in wide midfield positions, Arsenal fans may rightly question why the Professor is seeking another midfielder.
The 22-year-old began his career with Debreceni VSC in the Hungarian First Division in 2005. He quickly caught the eye of many Western European clubs who had begun to trawl through Eastern Europe for untapped talent. After scoring 17 goals in 63 appearances, PSV wrapped up his signature and brought Hungaryâ€™s top prospect to the Eredivisie.
In the two seasons that Dzsudzsak has been at the Dutch club he has played 52 games and netted on 17 occasions. The Hungarian has become a regular on the left hand-side of PSVâ€™s midfield, forging a reputation based on his pace, ability to beat his full-back together with the crucial ingredient of being a to deliver a telling cross.
The winger, a natural left-footer, offers any team width and a natural balance. Dzsudzsak is also a dead-ball specialist, so expect to see some competition between him and Robin van Persie if he does in fact sign for the Gunners. Another welcome piece of information for Gooners is that he is not scared to shoot when he has a chance to score, a welcomed fact as Arsenal are often accused of wanting to walk the ball into the net.
Wenger has also pursued a policy of banging square pegs in round holes, as he has converted players such as Wiltord, Walcott and Arshavin into midfielders. Not since Reyes has the manager bought a player who could beat opponents with skill and trickery.
Speaking to Hungarian website sporthirado.hu, Dzsudzsak revealed “I have just received the news that Arsenal has formally made an approach for me!â€ He added â€œOf course, I do not want to get ahead of myself… but if such a club is interested in you, there is nothing wrong with being proud of such a thing.”
This follows the modern footballers well trodden path of saying he wants to leave his present club. He doesn’t tell his manager or chairman that he wants to move but he lets everyone know how â€œhonouredâ€ and â€œproudâ€ he is of his connection with a bigger club.
Dzsudzsakâ€˜s agent has played down this rumor, but this is probably just a negotiating ploy. We all know Wengerâ€™s love for a youngster and why would a player come out and say that an offer has been made if it is blatantly untrue and ruin his relationship with his present club.
Wenger, as all too many Arsenal fans know .is miserly when it comes to transfer fees and if this deal breaks down it will be because Arsenal refuse to meet PSVâ€™s valuation of the winger.