Arsenal are apparently considering a move for Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno, so where did the rumour come from and how likely is it to be true?

Well, it seems as if the Mirror are responsible for this particular snippet that has taken over the internet, but fear not, it’s not John Cross.

The Mirror’s Northern Football Correspondent, David Maddock, broke the story on 18 October and he seems to be the first one to mention Arsenal’s interest.

Until that point the player, who arrived at Liverpool in 2014 for £12m, had been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona.

Maddock’s piece is light in detail, saying, “Arsenal boss Unai Emery is an admirer of the left back having worked closely with him previously at Sevilla, and the new Gunners boss is searching for reinforcements in that position.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 06:  Alberto Moreno of Liverpool runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool and FC Porto at Anfield on March 6, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 06:  Alberto Moreno of Liverpool runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool and FC Porto at Anfield on March 6, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 06: Alberto Moreno of Liverpool runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool and FC Porto at Anfield on March 6, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

“He has made 32-year-old Nacho Monreal his first choice since the start of the season, and has lost faith in rival Sead Kolasinac to such an extent that he has been using young midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles as back up.”

Quite how Emery has ‘lost faith’ in Kolasinac when he’s been out for the majority of the season with a knee injury is anyone’s guess.

Even with his injury, Kola has played almost three times the minutes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has been out with a broken leg. Sead has played 90 minutes this season, Ainsley 35.

Arsenal's Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac in action during the UEFA Europa League group E football match between Qarabag FK and Arsenal FC in Baku on October 4, 2018. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac in action during the UEFA Europa League group E football match between Qarabag FK and Arsenal FC in Baku on October 4, 2018. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Maddock then goes on to say that Moreno’s price (free in the summer) is attractive to Arsenal, although that is not a surprise. We all know there is little money for spending on players, despite what the Emirates was supposed to deliver according to Ivan Gazidis.

Free will become the choice for most clubs and players as wages inflate, but that’s another discussion.

I know little about Maddock’s track record when it comes to Liverpool rumours, but the assumption he made about Emery and Kolasinac leaves me wondering what else he has just assumed. Emery and Moreno’s Sevilla connection as a factor, perhaps?

Did he put two and two together to come up with five for this rumour or does he really know something? He certainly doesn’t seem to know basic facts about why Sead Kolasinac hasn’t been playing nor what’s going on with Ainsley Maitland-Niles. That makes it hard to trust the rest of this.

Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus…

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