How Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1 could line-up if former youth star Ozyakup joins

Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Besiktas playmaker Oguzhan Ozyakup.

Turkish-Football recently reported that Arsenal are interested in bringing former youth player Oguzhan Ozyakup back to the Emirates.

Arsenal scout Jurgen Kost was quoted as saying: “Ozyakup is a player of the highest standard, we have been closely tracking his progress and when we do our next search for players in his position he could return to Arsenal.”

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Ozyakup grew up playing football the Arsenal way and will be familiar with what is expected from players at the club.

The Turkish international star would end up being reunited with Wenger if he were to return – if the French tactician is still in charge of course.

The North London side could be in for an overhaul over the summer but as things stand nobody has signed for another club just yet.

If Ozyakup were to join Arsenal over the summer this is how he could be used in the current setup.

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Ozyakup is a central midfielder who plays a similar role to Santi Cazorla. The Gunners have lacked a creative midfielder with the intelligent and passing range in the base of the midfield since his injury.

Cazorla faces an uncertain future and is reaching the last few years of his career. Ozyakup would be competing for a place with the 32-year-old.

The 24-year-old is best when playing alongside a hardworking central/defensive midfielder. The former Arsenal man pulls the strings in the Besiktas midfield and he played a key role in his side winning the league title last season.

Ozyakup has years of Champions League and Europa League football experience behind him. The Netherlands born midfielder put on some of his finest displays in Europe against Premier League opposition in the 2015-16 season.

Besiktas are currently first in the league and will take on Olympiakos in the Europa League Last 16 second-round tie in Istanbul tonight.