According to the Daily Star, The Gunners will turn their attentions to Everton defender Seamus Coleman as they search for a replacement for Manchester City bound right-back Bacary Sagna. The French defender, who was Arsenal’s first-choice last season, penned a three-year deal at the Etihad Stadium this week after deciding to call time on his Arsenal career following his contract expiring.
The link between Seamus Coleman and Arsenal isn’t new, but with Sagna out of the door it is likely to push the Gunners in the direction of the Everton defender who was reviewed last season as one of the best, if not the best, right-back in the division. And, if he was to go, who should Everton look at replacing him?
We take a look at three potential suitors who would fill the criteria at Everton and hopefully push on and fill the void left by the Irish man.
Carl Jenkinson - Arsenal
The Arsenal right-back, if Coleman was to join, may get a little disillusioned with life at Arsenal and despite showing promise during his appearances in an Arsenal shirt, he still hasn’t really held a first-team place down at the Emirates.
A renowned energetic player with an incredible engine, he fills the same build and criteria as Coleman, but hasn’t had the same chances of first-team life in the Premier League. He could be a very good signing for a fraction of the price Arsenal will need to spend on Coleman.
Sam Byram – Leeds
Another player in a similar build to Jenkinson and Coleman, the Leeds full-back is renowned as one of the top young defenders in the country purely based on his form in the 2012/2013 season.
Last season, I think it’s fair to say the right-back left a lot to be desired due to injury issues; however, I would back the young talent to come back stronger and have an impressive season next term.
Under Cellino, Leeds United are promoting their youth prospects and looking at the academy as a foundation to build upon, to which Byram is an integral part. Nevertheless, if the money is right then Cellino may cash in on the young talent who wouldn’t be begrudged a move to the Premier League.
Andre Wisdom – Liverpool
Fierce rivals Liverpool could have the answer to Everton’s problems, if Coleman was to go, in England under-21 captain Andre Wisdom. The 21-year-old, who is behind Flanagan and Johnson in the pecking order, could be moved on permanently in the summer and Derby County have already registered their interesting in signing the player on a full-time deal.
Liverpool are also expected to reinforce their defence this summer and Wisdom may get a crowded out even more by competition for places; however, that shouldn’t put Everton fans off.He proved outstanding during his loan spell at the Rams last season, helping them concede less than a goal a game and, at 21, still has a lot of potential.
Liverpool, like Leeds, won’t be too keen on selling their prospect, but with limited first-team chances next season he may be available permanently or on a loan.