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Most people would agree that Arsenal have done pretty good business during the summer transfer window, adding a bit more defensive solidity to their squad as Unai Emery bids to restore the good times to the Emirates Stadium.
Unfortunately for the former Sevilla and PSG boss, however, injuries to both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac have left him somewhat short at left-back heading into the new campaign, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles expected to fill in there against Manchester City.
If the latest media reports are to be believed, then one more permanent solution to the problem could be found in the shape of AC Milan’s Ricardo Rodriguez, with the Switzerland international being linked with a £30m move to North London.
An adventurous full-back and set-piece specialist, securing the 25-year-old’s signature would pave the way for Monreal to return to Spain, with Real Sociedad said to be keen on taking him back to his homeland.
Between the beginning of February 2013 and the end of May 2017, the contrast between the two men’s top-flight numbers was pretty stark, with Rodriguez serving up a plethora of goals and assists for VfL Wolfsburg and his counterpart at Arsenal defending far more impressively: