Arsenal eye Spanish international - Is he what they need?

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Arsenal have been linked with Juanfran of Atletico Madrid. How would he help their predicament?

Arsenal's so far fruitless search of the transfer market has led them to Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran, according to reports.

But is the Spanish international the player the Gunners need?

28-year-old Juanfran is a right-back predominantly, so on the face of it the answer to the question is no.

Arsenal already have Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson and Hector Bellerin available in the position, so why might they need another?

Juanfran, formerly on Real Madrid, is valued at around £10 million, and played 45 games in all competitions for Atletico Madrid last season.

His form won him a place in the Spanish international side last season, with five caps to his name at present.

The Gunners are in a predicament due to injuries at present, and Arsene Wenger toying with converting Bacary Sagna to a centre-back could open up a spot for him, as could the Frenchman's presently unsigned new contract, with his present deal expiring next year.

In buying Juanfran, Arsenal would have two of Spain's best full-backs on either flank, with Nacho Monreal when fit their first choice on the left.

He can also play as a right midfielder, which could see him being used more regularly there if Theo Walcott takes more of a central striking role as he so battled for last season.

The Gunners need bodies in at this point, and Juanfran is an excellent player who would add to Arsenal's squad, one of their key complaints at the minute - being so thin.

But he would potentially harm the development long-term of both Jenkinson, Bellerin and even Yennaris who can play in the position too. Only if Sagna goes - and it looks unlikely he will leave this transfer window, would he add something as a senior right-back.

A very good player, but may be not one for Arsenal at present...

Arsenal fans, could you see Juanfran being of benefit or is he really not needed?

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