Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal are looking to sign a left-back in the January transfer window.
Sead Kolasinac’s return to Schalke means that the gunners only have Kieran Tierney as their natural left-footed defender.
Bukayo Saka is also capable of playing at left-back position in Tierney’s absence but the 19-year-old is currently thriving in a more advanced role for Arsenal this campaign.
And Arteta has admitted that signing a direct competition for the Scotland international is on the club’s agenda this month.
‘With the departure of Kola, we are a little bit short with left-footed full-backs at the moment,’ said Arteta.
‘We know we can use Ainsley there, we can use Bukayo there and we can use Cedric – who has played in that position – so we have some options. A natural option to Kieran? Obviously, we don’t. But we can adapt.
‘That means that the option is open and we will look to see what is available. ‘We are in that process right now. We’ve done the first part [offloading players] more or less and now we are focusing on the second phase.
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‘Obviously, this market and the context makes it really difficult but we are looking at options and we will see what we can do.
‘We are looking at various positions because the movements that we’ve made in this transfer window with some players leaving the club leaves us a little bit short in certain areas.
‘If we can then we will do it, if we can’t then we will just keep going with what we have.’