Alaba hints at Arsenal move after surprise Gunners revelation

Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has revealed that he is an Arsenal fan and has opened the door to a move to the club, per Bild via Goal.

The left-back has been with Bayern since 2010 and has made over 330 appearances for the club’s first-team.

What’s the word?

Alaba has emerged as perhaps the best left-back on the planet during his time with Bayern.

The Austria international is still only 26 but he has won the Bundesliga seven times, the Champions League once and the German Cup four times.

A key component of Bayern’s backline, he has now revealed that he would be open to the prospect of a move away in the future.

And, when pressed on where he would like to move to, he name-checked England, before revealing his childhood love of the Gunners.

“I can imagine trying something else but I really feel very comfortable at Bayern,” he said.

“Every year there a new challenges and new objectives and the pressure will always be there. I’m happy in Munich but of course, I can imagine seeing something else.”

When asked where he would like to play, he added: “Spain, England. In Spain it would be the two big clubs, I guess? Real or Barcelona. Also the big clubs [in England].”

Asked about Arsenal, and whether he supported them as a child, he said: “Yes I was [an Arsenal fan as a child]. When you’ve been Arsenal fan as a kid you will be one your whole life in some way.”

Dream signing

Alaba would be the ultimate summer signing for the Gunners.

Their reserves at left-back are depleted, with Nacho Monreal’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Sead Kolasinac failing to truly convince in the role.

A move for Alaba would solve that problem at a stroke and bring in a genuinely world-class player to strengthen Unai Emery’s team.

There are very few opportunities like this afforded to teams but the Gunners should attempt to grab it with both hands.

Emery may well have to convince the board to part with a hefty chunk of change to lure the Austrian to London but it simply must be worth a try.