Arsenal have been scouting Olympiakos’ 18-year-old defender, Panagiotis Retsos, a player who has been used at left-back by the Greek side but can comfortably play in any of the positions along the back line.
Arsenal had scouts at a recent game between Greece u19s as they beat their Wales counterparts 2-0 as Retsos captained the side.
Making the breakthrough into the first team, Retsos already has nine appearances this season, only missing a few games when he suffered a fractured eye socket (orbit).
It has been suggested that Retsos is one of a number of players being watched with a view of replacing Nacho Monreal who turns 31 in February. While not anywhere near the end of his playing career, with Kieran Gibbs not trusted to be the full-time first-choice left back, it makes sense that the club are exploring options.
Whether Retsos becomes a realistic one remains to be seen.