Imagine what having Arsenal’s defence sorted out three years ago could have meant for the Emirates Stadium outfit in recent seasons.
That is exactly what could have happened if the claims that Ramy Bensebaini made in Ouest-France, via Sport Witness, are anything to go by.
The Rennes defender will come up against Unai Emery’s side in the Europa League on Thursday, but he could have been a Gunner under Arsene Wenger.
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The left-back was playing in Algeria for Paradou AC when he was given a trial by the Premier League outfit, but he claimed that there were problems regarding his work permit.
“I spent a month there on trial in 2015,” he said. “I was training with the first-team and was playing in the reserves. I’d spoken to Arsene Wenger a few times. I was meant to sign, but there was a problem with the papers regarding my nationality. In the end, it didn’t happen. I’m glad to see Arsenal again.”
Bensebaini has clearly managed to kick on with his career and his current performances for Rennes could certainly be useful in the Arsenal squad, even to this present day under Emery.
The left-back has excelled in Ligue 1 over the past few seasons with Montpellier before completing the move to Rennes in 2016 and could have solved what has turned into a bit of a problem area for the Gunners.
With Nacho Monreal having struggled with injury concerns and Sead Kolasinac appearing to leave his defensive duties at times, the 23-year-old could have steady the ship at the back and made the defensive unit a little bit sturdier.
Bensebaini could have also helped them a little further forward with the creativity he has to offer, having provided one assist and two goals in his 29 appearances, although Monreal and Kolasinac have eight assists and one goal between them this season.
With the Europa League tie coming up, let’s hope Arsenal do not come to rue the work permit situation they found themselves against.
Arsenal fans, do you believe Bensebaini could have been the man to help improve the defence and solve the issues raised? Join the discussion by commenting below.