Ryan Bertrand is out of contract this summer and Arsenal are one of a number of clubs rumoured to be interested in signing him. Kieran Tierney, if fully fit and healthy, will always be Mikel Arteta’s first choice I’m sure. But, when/if he’s out injured, Arsenal don’t really have a proper replacement. Bukayo Saka is probably the best option but then we lose something up front and after him, there’s Cedric Soares who appears to have fallen out of favour.
Bertrand will be 32 years old when the new campaign kicks off but does that really matter? Willian was 32 when Arsenal signed him although it’s fair to say, he’s not been a great success. However, would a player in his prime be prepared to play second fiddle to Tierney?
On paper, Norwich City’s Max Aarons would be the best option for Arsenal, or someone similar who can be our number one right back but play at left back too. Especially as we have Cedric and Chambers who can cover the right back position. Not that I can see newly promoted Norwich selling him during this transfer window when in all likelihood he’d sell for double his current valuation after a season in the PL.
I think Arsenal will do they can to convince Bertrand to join the club, giving Joel Lopez another season to gain experience, perhaps on loan. Bertrand is English too which would be a plus.
Fabrizio Romano, the man who seems to know what’s what in football wrote on Twitter:
After David Luiz, also Willian is expected to leave Arsenal this summer. There’s interest from European clubs and from MLS – Inter Miami wanted him last summer. Arsenal are waiting for official bids.
If this one comes true, I think there’ll be a race amongst Arsenal to drive him to Heathrow. When Arsenal snapped him up, I thought it was a good deal but then I realised it was for three years and he was reported to be earning £200k a week. He’s proved to be an expensive mistake but at least it’s looking like he’ll soon be gone.
What a disaster of a weekend it’s been for Chelsea but at least they gave a lot of people a reason to smile. An FA Cup disaster for Tuchel on Saturday evening followed by a thumping for the women’s team in the Champions League Final against Barcelona last night. Unlike Arsenal women of course who won it back in 2007. The only English team to do so..
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