One defender to more recently catch Arsene Wenger’s transfer attention is Everton full-back Seamus Coleman.
The 25 year-old’s Toffees career has an obvious pattern of continuous progression, first starting out as a right-winger and then transitioning to a more defensive role.
Now, with nearly a century of Premier League performances under his belt, Coleman has proved a vital influence to the Everton cause, bombing forward and providing width down the right-hand side, in a similar fashion to Leighton Baines on the opposite flank.
Attacking-minded but defensively adept, the Ireland international has claimed two goals and one assist in 15 appearances this season, whilst also being an ever-present member of a backline that dons the second-best defensive record in the league – their 14 goals conceded is only bettered by the Gunners.
The free-roaming right-back has come a long way since his Sligo Rovers days, and Wenger feels the next step for Coleman is a move to the Emirates.
But the Toffees hotshot recently signed a contract extension at Goodison, and the tabloids believe he would cost Arsenal in excess of £10million if they want to sign him in January.