According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Arsenal are interested in landing defender Alberto Moreno. The 26-year-old currently plays his football at fellow Premier League giants Liverpool and has done so since leaving Sevilla back in 2014, although with his contract up at the end of the current season, his future at Anfield remains hugely uncertain.
And reports suggest that Gunners boss Unai Emery is seeking to reunite with the left back at the Emirates Stadium having spent time together at Spain a few years back, and given Arsenal’s struggles down the left-hand-side, it’s a reunion which could prove to be a very shrewd move indeed by Emery.
Ultimately, Nacho Monreal has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers in the last few years and is certainly the number one left back at the club, but such were their issues in the heart of the backline last term, former boss Arsene Wenger occasionally played him at centre back.
And while Emery hasn’t gone down that road too often this term, with Monreal playing his one and only centre back role against Qarabag in the Europa League at the start of the month, that might be as a result of the lack of faith he has in fellow left back Sead Kolasinac, what with the Bosnia and Herzegovina international featuring just once so far this season.
Thus, Emery may well be looking to bolster that area of the pitch in the near future, and reuniting with Moreno, potentially on a free transfer come the end of the season, could prove to be a shrewd move.
The 26-year-old may not have produced his best form on a consistent basis for Liverpool over the years, to the point that manager Jurgen Klopp actually preferred midfielder James Milner in that role during the 2016/17 season, but there have been glimpses of promise, especially when going forward.
And with Emery seemingly wanting his full backs to push forward and help out in attack, the Spain international may well be the ideal man for that role down the left-hand-side, thus giving the Arsenal boss another viable choice in that area of the pitch, as well as giving him the option of potentially playing Monreal more centrally.
And on a free transfer, it’s a move which makes sense for the North London giants, especially given Moreno shone under Emery in the 2013/14 season as Sevilla went on to win the Europa League.
Thus, with Moreno’s future seemingly away from Liverpool, a reunion with the £9 million-rated left back (as per Transfermarkt) at Arsenal could prove to be a very shrewd move indeed by Gunners chief Emery.
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