Unai Emery would be making first Arsenal mistake if he signs Miguel Layun

According to Spanish media outlet AS, Arsenal are one of three clubs interested in signing FC Porto star Miguel Layun if he doesn’t sign a permanent deal with Sevilla following a loan spell last season.

What’s the word, then?

Layun in action for Sevilla

Well, AS report that Gunners boss Unai Emery, as well as AC Milan and Marseille, are ready to pounce for the versatile 29-year-old, who impressed for Mexico in their 1-0 World Cup win against the holders Germany last weekend.

The 5ft 10in tall star, who played in an attacking role in that match and humiliated defender Mats Hummels among others, but can also play as a full-back and defensive midfielder, would have caught the eye of a number of clubs with his impressive display.

If he did arrive at the Emirates Stadium, he would likely be competing with the likes of Alex Iwobi, Hector Bellerin, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Granit Xhaka for a spot in the starting XI.

How did Layun do last season?

After a difficult first-half of the campaign with Porto, the former Watford man was a regular in the Sevilla side – mainly at right-back – as he made 18 appearances in all competitions for them, scoring two goals.

Why would he be a bad Arsenal signing?

While Layun was hugely impressive against Germany in the World Cup and could prove to be something of a bargain buy this summer, the Gunners should be looking to add players that are better than what they already have this summer, and it would be hard to argue that the 29-year-old is.

He would be third-choice right-back behind Bellerin and Lichtsteiner, and it would be hard to see him getting regular minutes in midfield, especially with talented youngsters like Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson already waiting in the wings behind the north London outfit’s senior players.

If Emery, whom Arsenal fans have demanded sign a £67.5m attacker following his latest World Cup display, did bring the Mexican to the Emirates, he would be making his first error since he took charge.