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Dan-Axel Zagadou is the next Dortmund player Arsenal should be targeting

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Dan-Axel Zagadou is the next Dortmund player Arsenal should be targeting

Arsenal have made something of a habit of poaching players from Borussia Dortmund.

Last summer they secured a deal to sign Sokratis, and in January of this year the Gunners smashed their club transfer record to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Arsenal also signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January. The winger, who is also ex-Dortmund, was brought in from Manchester United as part of a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move to Old Trafford.

The man who played a big role in facilitating those deals was Sven Mislintat, the Gunners’ chief scout who joined the club last year after working at Dortmund.

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And Mislintat should now use the ties to his old club once again to land a potential gem in January: Dan-Axel Zagadou.

Zagadou is exactly the kind of player Arsenal need

Zagadou has made an impressive start to the 2018/19 campaign.

The towering Frenchman has shone for the Bundesliga outfit in both the league and the Champions League.

 

The 6ft 5in centre-half is still only 19, but plays beyond his years in an impressive Dortmund team.

He is composed in possession, and a dominant force in the air. He is also very strong in the tackle.

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With Laurent Koscielny now 33 and struggling with persistent injury problems, it could be in Arsenal’s best interests to test the waters over Zagadou.

The starlet, who is also left-footed which would be good for balance, has made the most interceptions (18) than any other teenager in Europe so far this season via WhoScored, suggesting he reads the game well, too.

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