Is Ryan Bertrand a Smart Move for Arsenal?
If it’s this window, then absolutely.
That does appear somewhat unlikely, if not impossible, though, as stated previously. Cover for Tierney is paramount in the case of injury and for rotation, and Bertrand, despite his age, is among the best in his position in the division.
The all-important homegrown quota comes into effect too, as the former Chelsea youngster (yes, them again) has played his football in England all of his life.
How long the deal would last for is crucial. Arsenal can’t go dishing out more four-year contracts for players in their latter years, as evidenced by the Willian debacle and, despite being a decent right-back, Cedric to some extent.
The Portuguese defender will be 33 by the time his deal runs out and it’s anyone’s guess what level he’s playing at come that time. If Arsenal are looking at the next season or two then Bertrand more than fits the bill, as it will also allow academy starlet Joel Lopez to head out on loan in the future and develop his game before hopefully returning as Tierney’s backup/successor.
Mind you, this is Arsenal. Going on previous history it would come as zero surprise to see Bertrand offered a monstrous long-term contract. Fortunately, he isn’t a Kia Joorabchian client. Moreover, the introduction of contract expert Richard Garlick as director of football operations later in the year may see some sense injected into that department.
As stated by various outlets, Bertrand isn’t the only option Arsenal are considering, with another younger, rawer name listed as well.