Who Arsenal Could Sign at Left-Back
It isn’t so much a case of ‘who’ anymore as much as it is ‘how’.
Given the lack of creative midfield options the club possesses, bringing in another player in that position wasn’t as troublesome. Whoever came in wasn’t going to be resigned to the bench for the whole six months and would be granted playing time, either as a No. 8 or and a No. 10.
That isn’t to say finding the right profile, at the right price, who was available and came almost risk free was in any way easy. It wasn’t, and the club got the best option available in the market.
Finding a left-back for six months who is not only willing to warm the bench but also talented enough to suit the needs required in the current system is arguably more difficult.
With others brought in there will have to be further outgoings if they are not homegrown, and even so it results in someone following the Sokratis route.
Arsenal have inquired about Jordan Amavi of Marseille as per L’Equipe, while the rumours persist around Ryan Bertrand and Tyrick Mitchell. The latter two seem unlikely this month given both parent clubs’ standpoints.
If the right deal is out there then it has to be pursued. Cedric, as good as he’s been, can’t be expected to sustain that level of performance in an unnatural role on a consistent basis. As it stands now, him and Hector Bellerin will battle it out for the right-back slot and provide each other with genuine competition.
Seeing him perform as well on the opposite flank offers reassurances that if no left-back arrives it won’t cause widespread panic. Doesn’t mean Arsenal shouldn’t act if they can, though.