Arsenal are considering a move for Patrick van Aanholt later in the window, despite their current focus on a younger profile left-back.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND: Patrick van Aanholt of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on December 06, 2020. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND: Patrick van Aanholt of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on December 06, 2020. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Though it isn’t always the first problem position that springs to mind, Arsenal do need to address their left-back spot this summer.

Kieran Tierney is the obvious first choice and in line for a new contract, but Sead Kolasinac is likely to depart and leave a gap in the squad for a backup option.

Two players previously linked with a move were Ryan Bertrand and Josh Doig, but both of those appear improbable based on more recent reports. Chris Wheatley confirms those two deals are looking unlikely right now.

Wheatley adds that Arsenal are priorisiting central midfield and centre-back first, and they’re ideally looking for a younger left-back. But Patrick van Aanholt could reportedly still be an option for Arsenal later in the window.

Arsenal made enquiries over van Aanholt in January, and the Dutch international has since become a free agent.

From the sounds of things, Arsenal will try to bring in a younger backup first, but van Aanholt represents a potentially straightforward deal to complete if that doesn’t work.

Arsenal are somewhat aided by the fact van Aanholt is currently competing at Euro 2020 with the Netherlands. He’ll likely delay his next move until after the tournament, giving them some time to work with.

The 30-year-old has appeared in both of the Netherlands’ matches so far, starting in the wins over Ukraine and Austria. He made 23 appearances for Crystal Palace last season.

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