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Isak’s Henry comments and Arsenal “best friend” that can help transfer

Arsenal are in luck if they want to sign Alexander Isak, as the Real Sociedad striker idolises club legend Thierry Henry and has a strong connection with a current Gunners player

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Arsenal could have an ace in the hole if they attempt to solve their striker dilemma by signing Alexander Isak.

The Gunners are reportedly keen on the Real Sociedad star, who shot to prominence last season by scoring 17 goals in 34 La Liga games for the Spanish side.

Isak would be a replacement for the outgoing Alexandre Lacazette, with manager Mikel Arteta set to wave goodbye to the Frenchman in June and will be hoping to then find someone who can lead the line at the Emirates for years to come in the transfer window.

The 22-year-old has emerged as a top target and comments which he made during the international break suggest Arsenal would be able to persuade him to make the move to north London by using some personal touches.

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Isak is a reported target for Arsenal




In an interview with Min Stora Dag alongside Sweden team-mate Dejan Kulusevski, also linked with a transfer to Arteta’s side, Isak revealed his childhood footballing idol was none other than Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

The iconic forward was in his prime while Isak was growing up and the Swede believes he and Henry share similarities.

On top of that, the 6ft 2in goalscorer, who got his first big break at Borussia Dortmund in 2017, says he has tried to emulate his hero in his style of play, notably both strong dribblers despite their tall frame.

But Isak also has a more contemporary link to the Emirates, having played alongside Martin Odegaard for a season when he joined Sociedad, a campaign in which the Arsenal midfielder was on fire.









Odegaard racked up seven goals and provided nine assists in 36 games for Sociedad in 2019-20 and it resulted in the Norwegian, also 22, being recalled early from a two-year loan by parent club Real Madrid.

Isak’s presence up front and Odegaard’s creativity behind him saw the pair developed a good understanding – but that was just on the pitch.

The Scandinavian pair of ‘best friends’ also stayed in the same hotel together upon their arrival in the summer of 2019 and spent plenty of time with one another over the proceeding months, as Odegaard detailed in an interview that year.



Isak and Odegaard were “best friends” at Sociedad




So, not only could the transfer solve their striking issue, but get the best out of a player yet to explode in north London.

Isak, nicknamed ‘the Swedish Odegaard’ thanks to also bursting onto the scene and getting a big move at a young age, has even revealed his interested in playing in the Premier League.

“I am in a good place at the moment, I am very happy, but one day it would be nice to play in England as well,” he recently told The Independent.

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“They have six or seven of the biggest clubs in the world, it is a very high level, and of course one day it would be an alternative. Every player wants to be the best version of themselves and reach the highest possible level.

“I have expectations for myself that I’m trying to fulfil, so we’ll see where the journey takes me in future.”

Gunners technical director Edu could still yet have his work cut out to broker a deal but the prospect of signing the £50m-rated Isak, who suits the club’s recruitment policy, has become at least slightly more tangible.


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