Arsenal have been linked with a move for the Aston Villa right back in several recent newspaper reports.
It seems the writing is on the wall with regards to Bacary Sagna’s future at Arsenal, as he seems ready to jump the moment he gets a decent offer to his agent from any of the top French clubs this summer.
That will leave Arsenal at a severe disadvantage and with a hole to fill in their defence. As good as Carl Jenkinson is, he needs cover and someone to compete for that right back position in the side.
He would not have envisaged the path that his career has taken since joining Villa from Sheffield United, but he’s put in a shift which has seen him play in every Premier League game for the club this season.
You may well question the value in going after a full back from one of the worst defences in the league bit it’s the potential and how he could develop over the next few seasons which will tempt Arsene Wenger the most.
At 23-years-old he is still a very young man who has plenty of time and room to develop in both a muscular physical sense and a cardiovascular physical sense.
That’s very significant because Wenger runs a club where developing good players into something far more valuable has been one of the main bullet points in his grand Arsenal plan.
In terms of the way he’d work in the side, he could be very useful in both a defensive and attacking sense.
A large part of the way Arsenal play is based around having full backs that are able to get forward and provide extra width, effectively creating another outlet for an immensely talented midfield.
His pace is quick enough to ensure that he could do this job, as well as getting back into the Arsenal back four quickly, allowing the side to retain their basic shape.
Arsenal would also offer him the chance to play in Europe next season, against better players which is another angle which is going to help him become a better player.
Even if Aston Villa stay in the Premier League, he’ll benefit from a higher standard of football at Arsenal than would otherwise be the case, which will appeal to him.
Arsenal continue to have scouts monitoring his every move according to the Mirror and the only thing which could potentially stop this deal from happening is his lack of Premier League experience, which could put Wenger off.
Worth a punt for the Gunners?
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