Arsenal target Isak once left Gary Lineker embarrassed during TV interview

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Alexander Isak could be set to join Arsenal in the January transfer window and if he does, the Real Sociedad star may want to avoid a repeat of his last interaction with Gary Lineker.

The Sweden international is understood to be a target for Mikel Arteta, who looks set to replace exiled former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his disciplinary incident.

The Gabonese has been linked with a January switch to Newcastle and could seal his move after the Africa Cup of Nations, having already flown out to Cameroon for the tournament.

Catalan outlet El Nacional have reported that Arsenal have shown an interest in signing the highly-rated striker, who was once on the books at Borussia Dortmund as a 17-year-old.

Arteta also appears resigned to losing Alexandre Lacazette on a free transfer, with the Frenchman still yet to renew his contract, and that could open the door to the Gunners moving for Isak.

The 22-year-old impressed for his country at Euro 2020 in the absence of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic and has scored 20 goals across his last 43 La Liga appearances for La Real.

His performances caught the eye of Lineker, who was working as a presenter for BBC Sport during the tournament.

"Don’t think there’s much doubt that Alexander Isak will attract a lot of attention from clubs across Europe. Exceptional talent,” he said.

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But when the Swedish press brought to his attention the fact he had been praised by Lineker, Isak was left scratching his head after failing to identify the England international legend.

"I am not that aware of him,” he said before asking: "It’s an old player working in the studio?”

Lineker was shown the footage in the BBC studio and saw the amusing side to it, as he was ribbed by his fellow pundits Micah Richards and Alan Shearer.

After Isak was told that Lineker did in fact win the the Golden Boot at the 1986 World Cup, the Sweden youngster finally seemed to recall the man who had heaped praise upon him.

To rub salt further into the wound, Isak then said: ”I wasn’t born then but I have a little bit of knowledge about him.”

Arsenal may face competition to get the deal done from Barcelona, who have also shown interest in replacing the retired Sergio Aguero with the 6ft 4in forward.

But with a move for Atletico Madrid’s Alvaro Morata edging closer to completion, Arsenal could be left in pole position to seal the transfer.

There is a chance that if Isak does move to the Premier League, he will have to get acquainted with Lineker and the array of football legends now taking part in TV coverage.

Lineker, 61, is frequently tasked with conducting interviews for BBC’s Match of the Day programme with the star performers of that day.

And if the move does materialise, Gunners fans would surely get a kick out of Isak pulling one over on former Spurs striker Lineker with another amusing snub.

  • Gary Lineker
  • Arsenal FC
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