With Hector Bellerin consistently being linked with a move abroad, most notably to French side PSG, it looks like Arsenal might be cashing in on the Spaniard. Rumour suggests Arsenal will be holding out for around £25 million. With that in mind, Arsenal will have a decent bit of money to bring in someone who can more convincingly nail down that right back spot.
Arsenal have been linked with a number of options including Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey. However, another name that has emerged is Emerson Royal who is currently a Barcelona player on loan at Real Betis. The Catalan giants are thought to be interested in cashing in because of how impressed they’ve been with Sergino Dest, however they still hold all the cards.
Arsenal are monitoring his situation very closely but it is likely we will not sign the 22-year-old on the cheap. He has a market value of £22.5 million, however Real Betis would receive 50% of any transfer fee, meaning Barcelona may well try and drive the price up as much as they can.
Stylistically, he is a right back who I’m sure would quickly fit into the Premier League. He is tall and very physical and seems solid enough defensively. However, where someone like Tariq Lamptey might be a better option is going forward. Emerson seems to have a decent delivery and has contributed 2 goals and 4 assists in 28 games for Real Betis this season, but is perhaps less of an overlapping right back like Lamptey.
In my opinion, we need a right back and either way Emerson would improve our options in that position. However, I am still of the opinion that if Lamptey can put his recent hamstring injury behind him, he will be the better option. Granted, he still has some yards to go in terms of becoming a more complete defender. But think, how exciting will it be for us as a team going forward. Lamptey is so tricky and quick on the ball. With him and Tierney providing the width and the crosses, we we see even better performances from the likes of Smith Rowe, Saka and Pepe on the inside channels.
What do you think about this move Gooners?
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