Arsenal have Anderlecht’s Sergio Gomez on their transfer shortlist, likely as an alternative to the proposed deal for Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Anderlecht's Sergio Gomez celebrates after scoring during a soccer game between RSC Anderlecht and KV Kortrijk, Thursday 23 December 2021 in Anderlecht, in the quarter-final of the 'Croky Cup' Belgian soccer cup. (Photo by JOHN THYS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Anderlecht’s Sergio Gomez celebrates after scoring during a soccer game between RSC Anderlecht and KV Kortrijk, Thursday 23 December 2021 in Anderlecht, in the quarter-final of the ‘Croky Cup’ Belgian soccer cup. (Photo by JOHN THYS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Fabrizio Romano reports that Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez is on Arsenal’s transfer shortlist alongside Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Zinchenko appears to be the more likely deal at the moment, with reports suggesting a deal could even be agreed in the next few days. But the Gunners clearly have a backup plan if they need one.

Just like Zinchenko and Manchester United-bound Lisandro Martinez, a notable aspect of Gomez’s career so far is that he’s been used in central midfield as well as at left-back.

It can’t be a coincidence that all three of Arsenal’s targets for the position have the same history of occasional appearances in the middle.

Some have suggested that the plan could be to push up the left-back into a left-central midfield role in possession, allowing Mikel Arteta to pick a more attack-minded midfielder ahead of them.

Last season, Granit Xhaka generally played that role, but Arsenal would be less reliant on him by using a defender who was also comfortable in the build-up.

Anderlecht's Sergio Gomez celebrates after scoring during a soccer match between RSC Anderlecht and RAFC Antwerp, Thursday 12 May 2022 in Antwerp, on day 4 of the Champions' play-offs of the 2021-2022 'Jupiler Pro League' first division of the Belgian championship. (Photo by LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Anderlecht’s Sergio Gomez celebrates after scoring during a soccer match between RSC Anderlecht and RAFC Antwerp, Thursday 12 May 2022 in Antwerp, on day 4 of the Champions’ play-offs of the 2021-2022 ‘Jupiler Pro League’ first division of the Belgian championship. (Photo by LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Gomez previously played for Borussia Dortmund and SD Huesca, before joining Anderlecht in 2021. He started out in the Barcelona academy system, but it’s taken him a few different senior moves to find his best form.

The 21-year-old certainly appeared to be on top of his game in 2021/22, scoring seven and assisting 15 in his debut campaign for Anderlecht.

If Arsenal end up moving for him, they’ll hope he can replicate that form in the Premier League.

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