Sven Mislintat has identified a long-term replacement for Nacho Monreal as one of four positions he wants to strengthen this summer, so let’s look at who he could sign.

Last month we covered reports of the four areas Arsenal’s new head of recruitment wants to strengthen over the summer, which you can check out here.

One of these areas was at left-back, as it becomes more apparent Nacho Monreal is struggling with the physical demands of the position, and Sead Kolašinac slowly adapts to Premier League life.

In this case Arsenal are looking for someone to support and eventually take over from the club’s current options.

Here are some players they should consider:


  • Age: 22
  • Current club: Newcastle United (on loan from Chelsea)
  • Contract until: 2020
  • Market value: £6.3m

Kenedy has mostly played in left-midfield this season, but in the past he’s made most of his appearances at left wing-back or left-back for Chelsea. That could help him fit in at Arsenal, where Arsene Wenger switches between full-backs and wing-backs.

The Brazilian is currently on loan at Newcastle United, but only has two years left on his parent club’s contract this summer. He has two goals and two assists in eight games so far during his loan spell. He also managed a goal and three assists in six games with Chelsea before he left.

If Conte can’t offer him game time, as he couldn’t this season, Kenedy might try and force a move away.

According to reports from the Mirror this week, Arsenal are interested in the 22-year-old, and join Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain in chasing his signature.

Jose Gaya

Jose Gaya
Jose Gaya (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Age: 22
  • Current club: Valencia CF
  • Contract until: 2020
  • Market value: £27m

At just 22 years of age, Gaya has already played 140 matches for Valencia’s first team. This season he’s once again a regular in the starting eleven, making 28 league appearances as the Spanish side sit comfortably in the top four.

According to reports, Gaya’s release clause will drop to £25.4m this summer, a very decent price for such a young and experienced player.

Arsene Wenger’s team would need to move fast to sign the left-back though. Manchester United and Chelsea have both reportedly joined Arsenal in the race for his signature. The Gunners might have an advantage though, as they’ve dealt with Valencia a lot in the past.

In the summer, Arsenal sold Gabriel Paulista to the Spanish side. They then followed that up with the transfer of Francis Coquelin in January. Before that, Wenger signed Shkodran Mustafi the previous year. Perhaps the Spanish u21 international could be the next transfer in the saga.

Faouzi Ghoulam

Faouzi Ghoulam (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
  • Age: 27
  • Current club: Napoli
  • Contract until: 2022
  • Market value: £22.5m

Faouzi Ghoulam is a bit older, and probably a bit more expensive, but he’s an option to come in and immediately replace Monreal in the first team, taking the pressure off Kolašinac.

The media linked the Algerian left-back with Arsenal a lot last year, before the club eventually signed the Bosnian instead.

Then, in February, the Italian media reported that the main reason behind Napoli extending Ghoulam’s contract to 2022 was that they’d heard of interest from Arsenal. They were trying to “avoid any surprises” in the January window.

His new deal has a €35m (£31m) release clause, which still isn’t a crazy amount to pay in today’s market.

When available, Ghoulam has shown a lot of quality, and helped Napoli to 10 wins in 11 matches at the start of the league season. The only thing holding Arsenal back would be his current injury problems, as he’s yet to return from his cruciate ligament rupture in November.

We’ll see how he recovers in the final month of the season.

Ryan Sessegnon

Ryan Sessegnon
  • Age: 17
  • Current club: Fulham FC
  • Contract until: 2020
  • Market value: £22.5m

17-year-old Sessegnon is one of the rising stars of English football. Before even reaching adulthood, he’d already made 70 appearances for Fulham. In fact, he’s up to 45 just this season, scoring 14 goals and providing six assists.

The youngster can play anywhere along the left-hand side, and has split his time between left-back and left-midfield/wing this season.

That could suit Arsenal perfectly, given their play style involves full-backs getting forward a lot. Hector Bellerin was a right-winger before he joined the club.

According to Goal, Arsenal are “keeping a close eye” on Sessegnon. They aren’t the only ones though. Reports late last year suggested Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham have all spent time scouting the youngster since his breakthrough.

It wouldn’t be easy to sign the Fulham man, but it could be well worth it if he reaches his potential.

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
  • Age: 22
  • Current club: Manchester United
  • Contract until: 2018
  • Market value: £13.5m

Shaw continues to struggle for any sort of consistent game time at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho. This season he is only up to seven Premier League appearances, just three more than his total for the u23s.

Around the turn of the year, it seemed like things were finally looking up, with four consecutive starts. Since then he’s started once in nine matches.

The full-back’s contract expires at the end of the season, although he is reportedly preparing for talks to extend it. Also, United often put in an option to extend their players’ contracts by a year, so they could activate that to buy themselves some time. We saw that with Juan Mata in January, who was in the same situation.

Nonetheless, if talks stall, Arsenal could take the opportunity to pounce. They apparently made an enquiry in January, and are monitoring the contract situation.

If the club could unlock the promise Shaw showed when he first broke through with Southampton, he could be a great buy.

Ryan Bertrand

Ryan Bertrand
  • Age: 28
  • Current club: Southampton
  • Contract until: 2021
  • Market value: £18m

Bertrand is a bit of a wild card entry on this list, but given Southampton’s struggles it’s not out of the question.

His side sit in relegation zone, and lost to Arsenal last weekend. With a match against Manchester City still to come in the last five, relegation looks a real possibility.

If they go down, Bertrand will almost certainly look for a move to stay in the Premier League. As an experienced left-back who recently took over the captaincy at Southampton, he’s sure to draw a lot of interest.

The Chelsea academy product, who made the PFA team of the year in 2014/15, should have no trouble adapting to whichever team he joins.