Unai Emery can solve a major issue in his Arsenal side if he persuades Sven Mislintat to focus his attention on signing Nathan Redmond.
Emery has regularly turned to the services of Alex Iwobi to challenge the opposition’s right-back, when the Nigerian international is not fielded on the opposing flank or behind the striker.
However, despite an early season resurgence making the 22-year-old a pivotal member of the squad, the academy graduate’s performances have perhaps not been up to scratch since, leading to fewer minutes on the field and a starting role in the Spaniard’s much-changed side that faced Blackpool in the FA Cup.
A goal on the day and a hand in Joe Willock’s second came coupled with two successful dribbles was good, but the 25-cap international still largely failed to stamp his mark on the game against League One opposition.
Elsewhere in the FA Cup, Southampton took on Derby, and while the south coast side may have drawn with their Championship opposition, Redmond cut a level above the rest of the Saints starting XI with two goals, and acted as a driving force for his side.
The 24-year-old, contrastingly to Iwobi, started the season poorly under Mark Hughes, but with a more attacking-focused boss in Ralph Hasenhuttl is returning to his best football, resulting in four goals and two assists in his last six games.
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The lack of competition for the left-wing spot since Alexis Sanchez left for Manchester United a year ago has clearly had an impact on Iwobi’s performances, as there is no one from within the club snapping for his spot in the starting line-up.
Instead, when Emery has required an alternative – outside changing formation to a three-man defence with Sead Kolasinac at wing-back – the former Paris Saint-Germain head coach has been forced to play Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang outside his most productive position – the Gabonese sensation has been involved in ten goals in 13 as a striker, to three on the left.
Now, while Redmond may not be an elite-level winger like those previously linked with the club, he would at least offer competition for the role until the summer when Champions League level players are generally more accessible as clubs have longer to seek replacements.
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