According to a post in Football.London’s blog (17:08 on 31/01/2020), Arsenal are set to be on the market for a new left-back come the summer transfer window.
Reports in recent weeks had suggested the Gunners were targeting a move for PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa, with the Frenchman out of contract at the end of the season.
However, that deal failed to materialise, with the north Londoners only completing two loan signings in Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares. And now, Football.London claim the Premier League outfit may have one priority in mind when the summer window opens up.
It said: “In purely numerical terms Arsenal are well set at centre-back and they’re confident that the same will be the case now that Cedric is backing up Bellerin at right-back.
“Left-back is the position most in flux. The move for Layvin Kurzawa proves they’re in the market for someone in that position and they’re expected to test the market over Sead Kolasinac in the summer. That doesn’t mean actively selling him but simply keeping an ear open for proposals over the Bosnia international, who has two years left on his contract and is a big earner for someone who will likely function as a back-up to Kieran Tierney.”
Whilst Bukayo Saka has performed admirably well in recent weeks in an unfamiliar position – his goal and assist against Bournemouth in the FA Cup was particularly impressive – he is more of a winger by trade. The fact he has to play there for the Gunners puts into perspective the kind of injury struggles the likes of Kolasinac and Tierney have had this season, missing a combined 23 games already. They simply haven’t been reliable enough on the fitness front for Arsenal to depend on them.
As such, it’s no surprise to hear that the north London side may be in the market to fill up that position, despite splashing out considerable money to sign Tierney last summer. The Scotland international needs some genuine competition for his place, and if the Gunners do move on Kolasinac, then it should be a priority for Arsenal to look to sign a replacement.