Arsenal chief Edu identifies Crystal Palace star to solve Mikel Arteta concern

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Arsenal chief Edu has identified Crystal Palace left-back Patrick Van Aaanholt as a potential solution to Mikel Arteta’s big concern over his squad. Arteta reportedly believes the Gunners need competition for Kieran Tierney.

Arsenal have been active already this month, with Martin Odegaard and Matt Ryan both joining on loan.

The Gunners have offloaded Mesut Ozil, Sead Kolasinac, Sokratis, William Saliba and Matt Macey this month, and could have a busy end to the window.

Reports suggest Arteta wants to bring in a new left-back this month in order to provide competition for Tierney.

Kolasinac often played on the left-side of defence, but was allowed to leave for Schalke after being deemed surplus to requirements.

As a result, Arsenal are short of options in the left-back position.

Bukayo Saka has played there in the past, but has been stronger further up the field.

The winger can play anywhere across the left side of the pitch, but has been employed on the right flank in recent games.

Arteta has been using a 4-2-3-1 formation, and has played Saka on the right flank.

And according to The Mirror, Edu wants a new left-back to provide competition for Tierney and fill in when required.

Van Aanholt is out of contract at the end of the season, and it has been claimed that he could depart this month so the Eagles don’t lose him for free.

The Dutchman, 30, is reportedly eager to leave in order to get more first-team football in preparation for the European Championships.

Arteta discussed transfers after Arsenal’s transfer business after the Gunners’ 0-0 draw against Manchester United on Saturday, but didn’t say much about incomings.

“Well, there are some conversations at the moment going on,” he said.

“I spoke with all of the players about their own situation because they are all aware of the minutes that they are playing and they want to improve their situation. I am willing to help them.

“Some of them the club is willing to help them and we will try to find a solution at the end.

“But I don’t know whether it’s going to be the case or not.”

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