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4 Left-Backs Arsenal Must Target This Summer

Arsenal are reportedly looking to revamp their aging defence, with left back a pertinent problem. Sead Kolasinac has looked better as a wing-back with lesser defensive duties, while Nacho Monreal looks to have fully transitioned as a left-sided ball playing centre back for the North London club. 

 

Here are 4 top-class left backs the Gunners must target this season.

4. Nicolas Tagliafico

One of the more obvious targets for the Gunners this season will be the Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico. 


The Argentine has seen his stock rise up to a whole new level after being a fundamental part of their dream Champions League run and domestic double. The 26-year-old is generally considered a late bloomer among football fans, having only made his move to Europe in 2018 from Argentine giants Independiente. 


The Gunners, though, will face a tough ask landing him with Liverpool, who are set to lose Alberto Moreno and Inter Milan all interested. 

3. Filipe Luis

Many players have stopped playing football at his age, but the 33-year-old Filipe Luis looks fit as ever. A vital cog in Diego Simeone's defensive Atletico Madrid side and a thorn in the path of any right-winger who has faced him,the Brazilian fullback keeps mowing down the left flank, firing accurate crosses and defending stoutly. 


Arsenal can hope to sign him on a short term contract to strengthen their squad, as he prepares to leave the Los Colchoneros on a permanent basis.

2. Kieran Tierney

Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt wasn't the only teenage graduate to proudly wear the captain's armband for his boyhood club, Celtic's Kieran Tierney can attest to that. The Scottish left-back has shown exemplary progress in his game, especially his crossing and one on one defending, which rivals that of compatriot and national team captain Andrew Robertson. 


While the promising young full back is all set to leave the Hoops this season, he has been extensively linked with the Gunners and Liverpool, especially the former. 

1. Alex Grimaldo

Sold by Barcelona in 2015 for a small fee, due to an expiring contract, the Catalans were cunning enough to get a future sale clause in the deal and they should be suitably compensated when he eventually moves on from the Portuguese champions.


He has taken to the Liga NOS with ease but a injury restricted his involvement in 2016/17. However, this season, he’s only missed one game due to injury and remains a fine performer at the Estadio da Luz, with 12 league assists and four goals in the 2018/19. 


Grimaldo plays with intensity and isn’t afraid to get stuck in, while also delivering the kind of technical quality one would expect from a La Masia graduate.