Three Right-Backs Arsene Wenger Could Target To Replace The Struggling Hector Bellerin
Arsenal have a tricky January window ahead of them. They have to deal with wantaway stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil and now it seems like the Gunners will also have to procure a right-back. Hector Bellerin has not been at his best lately and that has truly affected their overall performances in several games. Even if they manage to do well in other aspects, Bellerin’s inefficiency often lets them down.
The fact that this is happening at a time when Sead Kolasinac is proving to be an influential figure on the left-hand side, truly makes matters worse for Bellerin. Something has been off for him and although he did show some signs of encouragement, his displays, on the whole, have been quite lacklustre. Hence, it might be time for Arsene Wenger to scout for alternatives and here are five options worth considering.
Thomas Meunier – Paris Saint-Germain
Meunier acted mainly as a deputy for Serge Aurier last season and has proven to be defensively solid. His defensive abilities seem like an upgrade on Bellerin and if the Gunners are to salvage the rest of the season and secure a Champions League spot until the very end, perhaps they should consider a move for Meunier. At 25 years of age, Meunier is nearing his prime and could be a long-term solution at right-back for Arsenal, even more so if Bellerin opts to leave the club anytime soon.
Cedric Soares – Southampton
Although injured right now, Soares was named as the Saints’ Player Of The Month for November and for all good reasons. He has been solid ever since he joined the club in 2015 and appears to show no signs of slowing down. A constant for Southampton at the back, Soares could prove to be a valuable addition for Arsenal. Prying him away from his club might be quite the ordeal since Southampton may lose Virgil van Dijk sometime soon. That said, if Wenger gets the chance to sign him, he should most definitely go for it.
Seamus Coleman – Everton
Granted the player is still sidelined with an injury but he is a true leader on the pitch while also being defensively astute. His skills and experience could come in handy for Arsenal at a crucial time like this. Maybe signing him in January could be tough but Wenger could most certainly target him next summer. Moreover, the fact that he is yet to establish himself under Sam Allardyce could be advantageous for the Gunners in their attempt at landing him.