Emil Roback has admitted that it is his ‘dream’ to hone his talents away from Sweden after holding talks over a move to Arsenal, speaking to Fotboll Skanalen.
The days of big-money, big-name signings at Arsenal are gone for now.
Without the riches of Champions League football, Mikel Arteta is facing the daunting prospect of rebuilding a crumbling club on a shoestring budget.
Fortunately, the north London giants do appear to have a habit of unearthing rough diamonds who can be snapped up for a fraction of the fees that established, proven performers would command in today’s market.
Gabriel Martinelli and Matteo Guendouzi set Arsenal back less than £10 million each, while the continued progress made by Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and co suggest that there is a brighter future on the horizon at the Emirates.
And if Arsenal can fight off competition from Bayern Munich, another teen sensation could be wearing red and white next season.
“I’ve always had a dream of becoming a professional abroad. So we’ll see if I stay here or if I go abroad,” Hammarby starlet Roback says after making his senior debut last Thursday.
And, when asked whether he wanted to stay in Sweden or move to another European league, the rangy forward made his feelings clear.
“Abroad,” he said.
Back in March, Hammarby director Jesper Jansson told Fotboll Direkt that Roback had held talks with not only Arsenal but Bayern Munich too.
It looks like only a matter of time before his ‘dream’ becomes a reality.