RB Leipzig star Benjamin Henrichs could be a strong replacement for Kieran Tierney if the Scotland star departs Arsenal this summer.

The German international has now been linked with a move to the Emirates, and could follow Jurrien Timber, Declan Rice and Kai Havertz through the door this summer.

Henrichs, 26, is typically a right-back but has also regularly played on the left side and even in midfield, and could be the perfect inverted fullback to add quality depth under Mikel Arteta.

Tierney initially looked set to depart the club this summer after a difficult season in which he lost his place to Oleksander Zinchenko, but links to Newcastle have now gone quiet.

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If the left-back does depart, then Henrichs could be the ideal replacement as Arsenal return to the Champions League for the first time since 2017.

A report from Kicker has claimed that Henrichs is being eyed up as an alternative to Joao Cancelo, who Arsenal were linked with earlier on in the window.

What can Henrichs bring to Arsenal?

The defender could add further technical security, as well as defensive grit, to Arsenal’s defensive depth.

The German ranks highly among European fullbacks for tackles and blocks, and would be an upgrade on Tierney in this sense, whilst also registering a high shot total.

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Although right-footed, he has plenty of experience at left-back, and he might be more comfortable than Tierney in attempting to replicate Zinchenko’s defence/midfield hybrid role.

Alongside Timber, this could give Arteta a Swiss Army Knife of options at the back, which will allow him to rotate more during periods of heavy fixture congestion.

Although Tierney has been an excellent servant for Arsenal since his arrival in 2019, if he were to depart this summer, then Henrichs could prove to be a more suitable option for the current system, and he will bring a plethora of Champions League experience with him.

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