With the arrival of Sven Mislintat, Arsenal have begun to search for defenders to shore up their backline, both in the long and short term. One player that has been consistently linked to Arsenal in the last few weeks has been Çağlar Söyüncü. Söyüncü, a 21 year old talent from Freiburg, priced at £12 million by transfermarkt. The Turkish international has featured prominently at Freiburg this year, making 26 appearances in the league. In addition to Arsenal, he has been linked to Bayern and Manchester City, but neither of those claims seem to hold much sustenance.
Söyüncü is good on the ball, capable of escaping pressure well, and can pull a trick or two out of the bag if necessary. In addition, he has a great deal of pace in short-distance sprints, and can close distances and shut down counters quite well. Another key ability is his strong challenges, he’s very physical on the ball, and has a tendency to make blunt, but successful tackles.
One major weakness is his lack of experience and intelligence. He is prone to over-committing and making rash challenges, and in addition has a tendency to produce stupid fouls. Last season he averaged a card every 4 games, including a straight red for a foolish mistake made due to blatant handball. One other weakness in this transfer, even though it doesn’t relate to Söyüncü himself, is that he isn’t really the sort of player Arsenal needs right now. He is one for the future, rather than a player that can come in and start day to day in the Premier League. Considering Koscielny likely being out until the new year, Arsenal would likely be better off bringing in someone more experienced to start the bulk of the games next season.
Assuming the transfer goes through
Best Case Scenario: Söyüncü comes to Arsenal in tandem with a more seasoned center-back, and he excels alongside Mavropanos in the Europa League, making the occasional appearance as a sub or a starter in league games. He matures, Sven’s guidance helps him develop quickly, and he becomes a rotational starter by next year, going on to play 11 years as a starter and eventual captain at the club, retiring an Arsenal legend.
Worst Case Scenario: Söyüncü comes in alone and is thrown into the fire early, forced to start each week in the Premier League alongside Mustafi, with whom he compliments poorly. The two expose each others’ weaknesses, and by the time Koscielny returns he’s been relegated to Europa League and FA Cup starts, replaced by Holding or Chambers in the lineup. His confidence is wrecked, and he slowly regresses, with him being sold to an unknown Belgian second-tier side after two years.