Arsenal fans have ordered the club’s hierarchy to pursue RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer after his two-goal display against Tottenham. Sabitzer scored twice in the first half as Spurs crashed out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage in Germany.
Sabitzer was one of the stand-out performers for the host, not least because of his first-half brace.
He drilled in a first-time strike from 25 yards inside the first 10 minutes to put Leipzig 2-0 up on aggregate before heading in a second from Angelino’s near-post cross just 11 minutes later.
That all but killed the tie against a Spurs side weakened by injuries, with Sabitzer taking his personal tally for the season to 15 goals and eight assists from 34 games.
And the Austrian, who can play multiple roles in central midfield and also occupy a right-wing or left-wing position, caught the eye for watching Arsenal fans as he relished his box-to-box duties in the 3-0 win.
Gunners supporters took to social media en masse to urge their club to look at signing Sabitzer, who cost less than £4m in joining from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2015, to strengthen their midfield options.
One fan wrote on Twitter: “Marcel Sabitzer is a Spurs killer. Get him to Arsenal ASAP. Please Don Raul. I’m begging you. #COYG #AFC #RBLSPURS.”
“Arsenal need to buy that sabitzer… Strong, powerful, Engine, Scores… proper Box to Box!” another posted.
A third said: “Arsenal needs a goal-scoring midfielder to replace Aaron Ramsey & it seem like Marcel Sabitzer tick all the boxes. What a player.”
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“Marcel Sabitzer is the midfielder we need at Arsenal,” another fan said similarly.
One other reckons he would be a cut-price alternative to other targets, writing: “Marcel Sabitzer is a player Arsenal should seriously be looking at. Would be way cheaper than all the other names we’ve been linked with and he’s a brilliant player.”
“Sabitzer @Arsenal,” said another simply, while this fan added: “Sabitzer- We need that kind of energy a be mobility in our midfield.”
Another fan demanded: “SABITZER TO ARSENAL ASAP.”
“Hey @Arsenal lets put a bid in for Marcel Sabitzer, he could be a very useful midfielder for us,” asked one other fan.
Another supporter also mentioned former midfielder Ramsey, saying: “Anyone else wanting Sabitzer for @Arsenal 15 goals this season from midfield.. aint had that since Ramsey or Fabregas.”
“Arsenal need a Sabitzer kind of player,” another fan said in reaction to the player’s brace, while one said: “I really hope someone at Arsenal is watching this Marcel Sabitzer guy? I really want him to play for the Gunners.”
Arsenal hero Lee Dixon, however, is doubtful Mikel Arteta will get all of his transfer targets this summer.
Dixon told The Athletic’s Handbrake Off podcast: “It’s about [implementing] a structure, a discipline, those traditions and values that playing for the Arsenal is all about.
“I think Arteta gets all of that, I believe in what he is doing since he’s been at the club, we’re seeing some of that come back in the team and in training.
“Over a period of the next 18 months or so I believe those values will be reinforced.
“The difficult bit next is the recruitment, the team is blatantly not good enough in lots of departments.
“That’s [on] Arteta putting his requests over to the executive committee and then the board, and getting the players that he wants.
“Is the money available to do that? I would suggest not. That’s why it’s such a big job for him because we’re all looking at him going ‘who are you going to sign?”
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