With Takehiro Tomiyasu still sidelined with a calf problem, Cedric has stepped up and played well, but Arsenal still seem to be looking for a younger back-up for the Japanese full-back and might have found one in Peru.
Currently valued at just £630,000 and under contract until 2023, Jhilmar Lora is a full international with six caps for Peru and would become the first player from that country to represent Arsenal, should he sign.
A dedicated right-back, Lora doesn’t really play any other positions, which would put him at odds with most players that Arsenal are trying to sign these days.
No doubt Mikel Arteta has spotted something in the 21-year-old that makes him think he will adapt well to his system.
Arsenal are turning more to the South American market following Brexit, with work permit rules changing.
As a result, it is more difficult for clubs to sign players from lower leagues in Europe as players are required to be ‘internationally established at the highest level’ and ‘whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport at the highest level’, which, of course, is not the case for anyone playing in, say, Serie B.
For example, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico are ranked highly by the FA, so players from those leagues will find it easier to get into the UK than those playing in Europe but outside the top leagues.
In total, Arsenal are said to want a minimum of three players this summer, including a striker and a midfielder.