Joel Campbell & Ricardo Rodriguez

Arsenal eyeing Ricardo Rodriguez to solve left-back crisis

Arsenal are considering a move for AC Milan defender Ricardo Rodriguez in a bid to solve their injury crisis, according to The Sun.

Injury Crisis

It is unlikely Arsenal would be interested in Rodriguez if it was not for their recent bad luck with injuries.

Arsenal’s two main left-backs have suffered injuries in recent weeks leaving the Gunners with a serious crisis down the left side of defence.

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed that Nacho Monreal is likely to miss Arsenal’s opening game of the season vs Manchester City due to a knee problem.

Sead Kolasinac, on the other hand, is expected to miss around 10 weeks of the season with a knee problem of his own, meaning Arsenal could have no left-back for the first few games of the season, hence the interest in Rodriguez.

Attacking full-back

Rodriguez made a name for himself in Germany with Wolfsburg, for whom he made 184 appearances, in which he scored an impressive 22 goals and got 28 assists.

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The Swiss international then moved to AC Milan in the summer of 2017 for a fee in the region of £13.5 million.

Since joining AC Milan Rodriguez has made 47 appearances, in which he has scored two and assisted four.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 28: Unai Emery, Head Coach of Sevilla FC reacts during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on February 28, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

A new era at Arsenal

Arsenal’s interest in Rodriguez comes on the back of what looks to be a shift in transfer policy at Arsenal.

In the past, Arsenal would sign players very young and attempt to grow them into world-class players.

But now, it appears Arsenal are taking a very different approach which seems to be to sign very experienced older players.

The Gunners have already signed the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner this summer.

Both of which are in the twilight years of their careers.

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