The left-back position could quickly become a priority for Arsenal over the next few transfer windows.
Nacho Monreal represents a solid and sturdy option at No.3, but the Spaniard has never been a world-beater – in fact, he struggled to get a game during his first 18 months at the Emirates Stadium – and will turn 31 before the end of the season.
Likewise, academy product Kieran Gibbs appears to have fallen out of favour with Arsene Wenger completely, starting just one Premier League fixture so far this season, and is on the verge of entering the final 18 months of his Arsenal contract. Logic suggests he’ll move onto pastures new in the summer.
They say full-back is one of the most important positions on the pitch these days and that particularly rings true with Arsenal who, in theory, should have two marauding defenders adding pace and width to their famed style of possession-based football.
One potential solution is Valencia’s highly-rated left-back Jose Gaya, who is already being lined up as a transfer target for summer 2017, according to Mirror Football – apparently, this is the biggest indication yet Wenger will sign a new deal and stay on in north London.
And judging on his form so far this season, Arsenal are likely come good on their reported interest at the end of the campaign. As you can see from our infographic, Gaya offers a solid all-round contribution, with an impressive mixture of tackles, interceptions, dribbles and created chances.
He’s also heavily involved in build-up play with 221 passes this season – suggesting he’d certainly fit into Arsenal’s philosophy.