Arsenal is set to add to their collection of Swiss players this summer as they are looking to sign Ricardo Rodriguez too, as reported by German publication Kicker (via the Mirror). According to report, the left-back has a £19m release clause, which Wenger is planning to activate in order to bring him to the Emirates for the 2016/17 Premier League season having already agreed personal terms with the player.
A left-back may not be a priority this summer for Arsene Wenger, it would be great to see Rodriguez arrive. The 23-year-old is one of the brightest young full-backs around, and while Nacho Monreal has been excellent this season, the same can’t be said for Kieran Gibbs.
Gibbs hasn’t really improved during his time at Arsenal, and certainly hasn’t realised the potential he showed as a youngster. His regular injuries also suggest that he’s really not up to the standard required at Arsenal.
Rodriguez, according to reports is detetmined to make the move and would jump at the chance to make a switch to North London. The possibility of joining up with his Swiss teammate Granit Xhaka at the club would also be a huge positive boost for the move. But the fact remains that Wenger doesn’t seem keen to make too many signings this summer, as he doesn’t like unbalancing the balance that he’s worked so hard to get at Arsenal.
If we do eventually sign a left-back – which, arguably, is not as much of a priority as a striker, a centre-back, a right-back, or a right-winger – then that may handicap Wenger and stop him from bringing in the players that we really need. A quality striker is still our top priority, but hopefully Wenger will not limit himself too much with the number of players he’s willing to sign.