The current campaign Arsenal have been having should not hide the fact that some serious reinforcements are needed within Unai Emery’s side this summer. Sure, the Gunners appear to be doing well on the face of things, however, when looking deeply, it is clear that a number of positions need strengthening in certain areas.
Left-back is just one area of the pitch that needs addressing in the transfer window as Arsenal have questions regarding Nacho Monreal, with Nicolas Tagliafico being linked with a possible switch to the Emirates Stadium.
However, would the Argentina international be a better option than their current Spanish option? Let’s take a closer look at the pair below and compare them…
Having been at Arsenal for the last six years, Monreal has emerged as a real fan favourite and goes by as an individual who can be extremely underrated by those that watch him.
With rumours continuing that Barcelona are interested in Monreal (Sport, via The Sun), his future at the club certainly looks to be in doubt, although he has been rather consistent in what he has offered Arsenal throughout his time in north London.
The 33-year-old has remained an important member of the first-team during Emery’s first season in charge and has continued to make a real impression with his performances, especially in some of the club’s biggest matches recently.
Age is something that has caught up with him, as the Spaniard is not able to get as forward on the pitch as he used to, whilst his pace has significantly diminished over the years, however, he has shown that he can be rather versatile and slot into a central role in a back three.
TT Grade: B+
Spanish media outlet Marca reported earlier in March that Arsenal were one of a number of clubs to be interested in Tagliafico – and if it were true, there are not many better left-backs to target this summer.
The 26-year-old is an Argentina international and has been extremely impressive with his performances for Ajax this season. He’s proved to be an absolute bargain after signing for Ajax for just £3.6 million last year (as per Transfermarkt).
With five goals and assists to his name this season, Tagliafico could replace Monreal on the left (and potentially Sead Kolasinac) and significantly strengthen the team for Emery as he would be able to bring more than the aforementioned duo would be able to.
Valued at £22.5million by Transfermarkt, he has bundles of aggression and athleticism that he can offer, which could help him to adapt to life in the Premier League and help him thrive in England’s top-flight, making a possible transition to the style of football played in the country easier for him to adapt to.
TT Grade: A-
Although Monreal has been a great servant for Arsenal during his six-year spell (and counting!), Tagliafico would certainly be an upgrade and one Emery must look to do all he can to bring him to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
As mentioned, the Argentine is equally adept at going forward as he is technically sound at the back, therefore, providing the Gunners with some additional creativity and goal threat in the final third, whilst also beefing up the defensive line with some strength and aggression.
With those traits in mind, Tagliafico is a clear winner in this battle.
Arsenal fans, would you prefer to have Tagliafico at left-back? Or would you continue to have Monreal in the position? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.
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