Arsenal lacking depth at full-back

Arsenal are considering signing a full-back during the winter window, as transfer expert Fabrizio Romano exclusively provides an update from the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta will hope to bolster his Gunners squad before the end of the market as he aims to secure the north London outfit’s first Premier League title since 2004.

Given the circumstances surrounding international tournaments and injuries, the 2022/23 top-flight runners-up will feel short in the full-back positions. They may splash some of their transfer budget on adding to this area of the pitch. Arsenal have already spent big during the 2023 summer transfer window and will unlikely have an influx of cash available this month.

Arsenal have endured a testing few weeks at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners’ 2-0 Premier League victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in December 2023 represents Arteta’s side’s only win in their last seven, which includes disappointing defeats to Fulham and West Ham United in recent weeks. Arsenal have been accused of struggling to find the back of the net, with Gabriel Jesus not hitting the heights and Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli looking to have run out of steam.

However, the 13-time English champions need to improve in other areas of the pitch, with the right-back and left-back positions becoming a concern. Currently, Arteta has centre-back turned full-back Ben White as his only first-team option on the right side of defence, with Cedric Soares barely getting a look in at the Emirates Stadium.

Takehiro Tomiyasu could be unavailable until February, having travelled to Qatar to participate in the Asia Cup with Japan. Summer 2023 arrival Jurrien Timber is also capable of playing at right-back but is unlikely to feature again during the 2023/24 season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Nottingham Forest on the season’s opening weekend last August.

Meanwhile, Oleksandr Zinchenko could be considered Arsenal’s only out-and-out left-back at the club after the Gunners sanctioned the loan departure of Kieran Tierney to Real Sociedad during the 2023 summer transfer window. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the Gunners are thought to be scouting the market for full-back options before the 2024 winter transfer window’s deadline on 1st February.

Romano has recently claims that Arsenal are looking at full-back options, and names are being considered in the market. However, the Italian journalist has indicated that the Gunners won’t splash the cash in the position and that it’s “important to see what happens with the outgoings.”

“They’re looking at possibilities in that position. So, Arsenal are looking at full-backs, and names are being considered. Some are too expensive, so I don’t think Arsenal would splash much money there. Maybe they’re looking for an opportunity in that position. That’s the idea at the moment. It will also be important to see what happens with the outgoings” Romano said.