Arsenal are keeping an eye on Marseille left-back Jordan Amavi, according to French outlet L’Equipe.
The Gunners recently shipped out Sead Kolasinac on loan to Schalke until the end of the season. It is very likely that he will stay there or find a different club in the summer, which is the best thing for us and for him.
Kolasinac’s departure means that Kieran Tierney is Arsenal’s only natural left-back. Bukayo Saka can play there but the youngster has become one of our most important attackers in recent weeks.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has also done very well in that position before, but Arteta should start using him in his natural central midfield position.
Arsenal should bring in a new left-back this month to provide sufficient cover for Tierney. Our performances dip massively without him in the starting XI – just look at our games against Crystal Palace and Southampton last week.
It really is good to know that Edu and Arteta are keeping an eye on a potential left-back signing, but Amavi is not the player we should be looking at.
Jordan Amavi is not the answer
Yes, the Frenchman has just six months left on his contract and yes, he has a ton of experience at the top level. However, his attacking numbers are really poor which makes him a no-go as Arteta’s system demands a constant threat from his full-backs.
Since the start of the 2018/19 season, Amavi has registered three assists in all competitions. That is a shocking record considering that both Tierney (3) and Hector Bellerin (4) have the same or more this season alone.
Arsenal are right to look for a new left-back before the window shuts on Monday. However, Amavi isn’t the one we should be bringing in, even if he is the cheapest available option on the market.