Hernandez would be a risky Monreal replacement, but move could pay off for Arsenal

If Arsenal lose Nacho Monreal this summer, then the club should consider swooping for Real Madrid left-back Theo Hernandez.

What’s the word?

Unai Emery has recruited five new players so far since becoming Arsenal manager.

Sections of the defence and midfield have been bolstered, while widespread reports have indicated that the Spaniard wants a new winger.

In fact, according to Goal, a wide man is a priority, while a left-back will also be targeted if Monreal succumbs to the lure of Real Sociedad.

If the latter comes to pass, Arsenal should perhaps take a risky move in swooping for Real Madrid’s Hernandez.

The 20-year-old Frenchman, who is valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, made the controversial move from Atletico Madrid to the Bernabeu last summer.

Despite only being at Real for a year, Marca claim that the club are willing to offload him, but want a buyback clause.

Is Hernandez good enough?

Losing Monreal would be a big blow for Arsenal, so replacing him with an established left-back makes more sense than giving a youngster a chance.

However, with the club apparently on the hunt for a winger, they may need to spend big, which would give them little wiggle room to buy a left-back as well.

Hernandez is likely to come relatively cheap given his age and the fact that Madrid are willing to sell.

Last season, he made just 13 La Liga appearances and registered one assist, but he did create a goal in the Copa del Rey and Champions League for Los Blancos.

Hernandez is attack-minded and can also play as a winger, which would allow Emery to utilise him in different ways.

If given some regular game time, the Frenchman could hone his skills and he would be desperate to prove his quality on the Premier League stage.