Just three days after winning the Champions League, Liverpool officially confirmed they’ll be parting ways with both Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno. And shortly after that, reports from Italy emerged linking the latter to Unai Emery’s Arsenal.
Now without a club, north London might indeed be suitable destination for the left-back from his perspective. From Arsenal’s point of view, though, if the claims from LazioNews24 are to be trusted on the matter, it would really make for bad business. With that in mind, here are two main reasons why Moreno is simply not the right choice for the Gunners, and should certainly not be on their radar…
It’s not really a secret that Arsenal have had their respective fair share of defensive woes over the last season, and even stretching further back. In the 2018/19 campaign, they conceded 51 goals, which is 29 more than Liverpool. So the Gunners do need reinforcements for the backline. Moreno himself, however, did not contribute much to the aforementioned stability of the Reds. The 26-year-old was rarely ever picked by Jurgen Klopp, managing only two meagre appearances last season and having no real impact whatsoever.
Just the fact that he was constantly sidelined and Andrew Robertson firmly took hold of the left-back position means that he simply did not have the quality for the Reds’ starting XI. Klopp needed a well-rounded outlet, and while Robertson could provide that, Moreno clearly lacked something. His three goals and 11 assists in a total of 141 games for the Merseyside club can attest to that. Emery’s options in the ageing Nacho Monreal and sometimes underwhelming Sead Kolašinac are not really ideal, but Moreno is hardly an upgrade either.
This one is more of a pride thing than anything else but Arsenal should really not revert to collecting players who were thrown away by their former clubs in the first place. A team with such rich history, a huge legacy and a name to uphold should be making strides for players who are more representative of their own image. Sure, it’s normal that they have certain dips in form every now and then but transfers like the reported Moreno one are only making them look even more desperate.
And yes, you could argue that desperate times call for desperate measures but not if it arguably makes the club’s situation even worse than it originally was. Emery should, for that reason, look into the market and try to find better targets who look ready to make the step up, not ones who are essentially looking to move down the rungs of the Premier League.
They are certainly out there, you just have to dig deep to find them.