The transfer window has officially closed, and the Arsenal board should feel good about what they have achieved, with numerous players leaving the club and Martin Odegaard joining on loan. In fact, Arsenal secured three last-minute moves, sending Willock and Maitland-Niles out on loan (which will be important for their development) and parting ways permanently with Shkodran Mustafi.
However, the one area the Gunners have clearly missed out on is cover for Kieran Tierney at left-back. With Kolasinac leaving for Schalke earlier in the month, the Gunners have been playing Cedric on the left in Tierney’s absence. Despite late rumours about Patrick van Aanholt and Ryan Bertrand, two Premier League proven options, the Gunners seem to have judged that Cedric will be good enough to cover for the remainder of the season if Tierney isn’t available. And credit where it’s due, Cedric has done a fantastic job already.
Interestingly, though, one more story has emerged post-window about the Gunners pursuit of a left-back. According to famous journalist Gerard Romero, who covers La Liga news, Barcelona’s Junior Firpo was on the Gunners’ radar. A move did not materialise because Barcelona were waiting to sign Eric Garcia from Manchester City, and would only have sanctioned Firpo’s sale if that move had gone through. Firpo is a 24-year-old versatile Spanish defender who played 17 league games for the La Liga giants last season, but has only featured 4 times this season.
The main cause of concern will be a potential injury at right-back, forcing Cedric to cover there. Then, Saka has to step in at left-back, and that disrupts our entire attacking plan. Nevertheless, let’s hope for the best.