Arsenal Set To Secure £30m Solution To Problem Position

By timgarrett IN Premier League,Transfers - 17:30 Aug 6th 2018

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:

Ricardo
Rodriguez
VNacho
Monreal
VfL WolfsburgArsenal
DEF   25Y 11M   5FT 11INDEF   32Y 5M   5FT 10IN
Feb 2013 - May 2017
RODRIGUEZ
MONREAL
Starts
96
115
Minutes played
8615
10387
Goals scored
13
1
Goals with feet
12
1
Goals with head
0
Assists
13
8
Clean sheets
18
57
Goals against
145
122
Minutes per goal against
59
85
TOTAL
3
5

Somewhat unsurprisingly, however, the Swiss star found his feet defensively in Serie A last term, playing a part in 11 of the Italian giants’ 12 clean sheets, as well as gaining a real understanding of the position:

Ricardo Rodriguez
CLUB MilanAGE 25Y 11M
POS DEFHEIGHT 5FT 11IN
2017/18
WITH
WITHOUT
Matches
34
4
Win %
47%
50%
Draw %
26%
25%
Loss %
26%
25%
Avg Goal for
1.5
1.5
Avg Goals against
1.1
1
Mins per goal for
61.2
60
Mins per goal against
80.5
90
Shots for per game
12.1
10.5
Points per game
1.7
1.8
Clean sheets
11
1
TOTAL
3
7

That record has clearly persuaded the powers that be at the Emirates Stadium that the 25-year-old is now ready for life in the Premier League, though his current employers are likely to fight tooth and nail to keep hold of such an important member of their back-four.

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