Not much was expected of Arsenal on transfer deadline with respect to incomings. The Gunners brought in Martin Odegaard and Mathew Ryan on loan and that was thought to be all.
However, rumours emerged early yesterday that Arsenal were still on the market for a backup left-back. Established Premier League defenders in Ryan Bertrand and Patrick van Aanholt were quickly named as our targets, but they weren’t the only ones.
The 24-year-old joined the Blaugrana at the start of last season for a fee that could rise to £27.5 million. Barca even slapped a £176 million release clause in his contract and that raised a few eyebrows. (Goal)
Firpo has started just four games all season. He was never going to dislodge Jordi Alba in Barca’s starting XI, and the report claims that the Catalans were open to selling him if the right offer arrived.
Clearly, that offer never arrived – from Arsenal or anyone else. Firpo will remain at Barcelona until the end of the season at the very least, and Mikel Arteta will have to do with what he has at his disposal.
Arsenal Insider’s view
It is no secret that Arsenal need another left-back. Sead Kolasinac’s exit meant that Kieran Tierney is our only natural left-back, and the Scotsman has had his fair share of injuries.
Cedric Soares has done incredibly well at left full-back in recent games but it is not always wise to use a right-back on the opposite side on a consistent basis.
Firpo would have been a decent backup but sadly, it wasn’t meant to be. Arteta and Arsenal fans will be hoping that Tierney is back soon. If the Scotsman remains fully fit until the end of the season, we will have no problems whatsoever.