Opinion: Arsenal should swoop for AC Milan defender Ricardo Rodríguez in January

Arsenal have had a underwhelming start to the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, picking up six points from a possible 12 in their first four matches of the season under the reign of new head coach Unai Emery.

What’s gone wrong?

The Gunners have had somewhat tricky fixtures the start the season, facing the likes of Chelsea and reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, but the current squad seem to be struggling with the new manager’s style of football.

Whilst some players have taken to the new high pressure tactics implemented by Unai Emery, many others have been struggling with the new regime so far this season, leading to the Gunners sitting in mid-table at the international break.

Despite the arrival of a number of new signings over the summer, including Mattéo Guendouzi who has impressed so far this campaign, the Arsenal faithful will be urging their side to make moves in the January transfer window.

Having conceded eight goals in their opening four matches, by far the largest tally in the top half of the league table, perhaps the acquisition of a new defender should be top of Unai Emery’s list.

Why Ricardo Rodríguez?

Ricardo Rodríguez v Arsenal

Ricardo Rodríguez, who joined AC Milan in June 2017, has featured in two of the opening three matches for the Serie A outfit this season.

The default left back, who is also capable of playing in the heart of the defence, is not only a strong defensive option but also famed for his lethal set pieces, having found the net from a free kick on his debut for AC Milan in a Europa League qualifier in July last year.

The 26-year-old previously played for Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, making 185 appearances in his six years at the club, showing his ability to play across multiple leagues.

Arsenal’s defence has come under heavy criticism at times this season, and Rodríguez could provide stability in the Gunners back line.