Arsenal miss out on exciting young defender as he joins PL side

Arsenal were linked with a move to sign Aaron Hickey from Bologna this summer, but he has now agreed to join Brentford.

The full-back is one of the most exciting young talents around, having left Scotland to move to Serie A shortly after his 18th birthday, and after a slow initial season in Italy, he enjoyed a full season of action in the 2021-22 campaign, notching five goals and an assist from his 36 outings.

The 20 year-old is known as a left-back, but being both footed, he is also known to fill in at right-back also, while his former side also gave him minutes as a wide midfielder on both sides also.

While we will not be signing him this summer, we will be able to get a closer look at what he can bring to the English game after joining the Bees.

I’m sure Hickey will be joining a bigger club in the coming years, but what will be interesting if he continues as a full-back or converts into a more advanced role for his new side, while there will be plenty of attention on how quickly he settles into the physicality of the English division.

I think he will be a hit in England, and if Kieran Tierney continues with his injury problems our need for a new top left-back could well become a priority in the coming windows. Having already shown an interest, I’m sure Arsenal will follow his progress closely, but I doubt we will be alone in that.


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  1. The club can’t “miss out” on a player that they’ve clearly looked at and decided not to pursue.

  2. Totally agree mate it’s bad enoughthat others claim weve missed out/been outbidded or been rejected by a player weve not bid for or spoken to without our own fans now making false claims too

  3. Grimaldo for 7-8 million is better and wiser business than 22 million for Hickey.

    Grimaldo brings more experience, versatility, and leaves more funds available to pursue either a true DM or B2B midfielder.

    Martinez at 40 million limits us as well, the club has to spend wisely and rebuild a suspect midfield.

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