With Sead Kolasinac signed and links to Nice left back Dalbert, how could Arsenal’s left backs line-up next season?
Arsenal have already signed one left back this summer, with Sead Kolasinac arriving from Schalke on a free transfer.
Yet, according to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia, they could be looking at bringing in another in the form of Nice’s Dalbert.
With Kolasinac and Dalbert both being 23-years-old and both playing the same position, it begs the question how they could possibly fit into the same team?
One possible scenario is that one simply plays backup to the other, with Nacho Monreal moved infield to play centre back and Kieran Gibbs sold.
However, you would assume that if Arsenal went ahead and spent big to sign Dalbert that they would want to play him. Likewise, the £110,000 p/w Kolasinac will earn suggests he’ll be a first team regular.
Another option is for Kolasinac to play as a left-sided centre back in a back three.
The Bosnian’s versatility was cited as one of his biggest strengths, and he certainly has the stature to play as a centre back.
That would free up the left wing back spot for Dalbert, with Monreal and Kolasinac as well offering cover.
In a more unlikely scenario, Kolasinac could play a centre back in a back four, with Dalbert as a left back. However, Arsenal have plenty of other options are centre back.
Similarly, their midfield options would prevent Kolasinac from ever playing as a central midfielder.
However Arsenal choose to go about it, a pursuit for Dalbert could suggest that Arsene Wenger is prepared to completely revamp that area of his squad.
It would certainly spell the end of Kieran Gibbs’ time at the club, as well as effect Monreal’s future as a left back.