If Bacary Sagna leaves Arsenal as expected this summer, how should Arsenal go about replacing him?
Bacary Sagna is expected to leave Arsenal this summer, with potential switches to Inter Milan and PSG well discussed, along with his criticism of the club's direction after selling Robin van Persie.
The good news for Arsenal is they have Carl Jenkinson on hand to replace him, but given Arsenal's experience with injury issues they will certainly look to replace Sagna with a new face to ensure they have cover.
What they have to do is get it right so that Jenkinson's development is not harmed by sitting on the bench for years.
Here is a look at four potential options for Arsenal to approach selling Sagna.
1) Buy an experienced right-back as a short-term option
The most extravagant name Arsenal have been linked with at right-back is Barcelona star Dani Alves. He would be a bold signing, but he is just an example in this case. At 29, he would not be a long-term solution for the position, but hopefully they have that already. Jenkinson could carry on learning from a senior professional such as Alves for two to three years before truly making the position his own, and be a better player as a result, and Arsenal would get an instant lift from the signing of such a big name.
2) Bring in a defender at the same level as Jenkinson to compete
Another defender Arsenal have been linked with is Frenchman Sebastien Corchia. The defender is just a year older than Jenkinson, but playing for Sochaux he is arguably less experienced at the top level. The two would be able to compete and battle it out, bringing a very healthy competition in the position, which would be for the benefit of the club.
3) Make Jenkinson the senior right-back and bring in another promising star
A name Arsenal were connected with prior to the January transfer window was Burnley defender Kieran Trippier, a former Manchester City youth starlet and England under-21 international. He would be back-up to Jenkinson, who has shown this season he has perhaps earned the right to be considered first choice. At the same time Arsenal would be getting another promising name through the door enhancing their prospects for the future.
4) Promote from within
Buying a player like Tripper may be considered pointless considering Arsenal have their own youth academy to promote from. Nico Yennaris is the perfect player for the job, and has already proved albeit briefly that he is not daunted at playing in the Premier League. Yennaris is at the stage where he needs to step up or move on, and Sagna's impending departure could be his opening.
Which is the best option, and would be the perfect replacement for Sagna?
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