‘Dangerous’ Arsenal target impresses media in nation's Euro 2020 opener; rated 4 stars out of 5
Reported Arsenal target Alexander Isak impressed in Sweden’s Euro 2020 opener against two-time champions Spain.
The 21-year-old striker led the line for the Scandinavian nation in a 0-0 draw in Seville. Although Isak had little action on the ball, he shone when allowed to attack the Spanish defence.
As reported by the Athletic, the Isak is a target for Arsenal. Isak had a £60m release clause, but after this tournament, the Real Sociedad star will likely win more suitors than just the north London club.
An underwhelming night for Isak statistically
In terms of raw numbers, it was a rather uneventful evening for Isak.
As stats from WhoScored show, the Sweden attacker was fairly inactive for most of the match. Isak had just 1 shot and completed 2 dribbles, the joint-most out of anyone on the pitch.
The Real Sociedad star also only won just 40% of his aerial duels, yet Isak was only dispossessed 1 time throughout the entire match.
What the media had to say about Arsenal target Isak
Isak’s stats might have been unimpressive, but the striker’s performance caught the eye of the media.
Football Critic labelled the attacker as ‘dangerous’ when given the chance to attack and hailed Isak for being the player to pose the most problems for Spain on the night.
Closer to home, Swedish publication Fotbollskanalen awarded Isak 4/5 stars for his performance. The website stating praised the attacker’s ‘good work effort’ as well as his hold-up play in the few moments Sweden were allowed to attack.
Isak impressed in his first bow at an international tournament with Spain. And although the forward didn’t score on the night, the Swede showed enough to impress supporters and the media that this could be a competition that puts the striker’s name on the map in the remaining group stage fixtures.
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