Arsenal need to move quickly to secure Swiss star

Arsenal have been linked with Wolfsburg and Swiss international left back Ricardo Rodriguez basically all summer, with the 23 year old looking to leave Germany as soon as possible.

Despite being relatively strong in the left back position at Arsenal, the Gunners were supposedly considering a move for Rodriguez with the near future in mind, as before we know it Arsenal’s Mr Consistent Nacho Monreal, will begin to come towards the end of his career. After Monreal Arsenal just have Kieran Gibbs to show, who although isn’t a bad defender and held the left back role without being challenged for a number of years, he isn’t exactly on par with the likes of Monreal and Rodriguez.

Therefore a move for Xhaka’s international teammate may be on the cards and with Wolfsburg already well aware that he wants to move on this summer, possibly to Arsenal, there is a strong chance the Gunners could get their man. That was until Real Madrid made it much harder, having supposedly entered the race to sign the 23 year old.

The Spanish Giants picked up an interest in the Swiss international after Rodriguez’s impressive Euro 2016 performances. Rodriguez didn’t have too much time to show off his ability with Switzerland, as his national side was knocked out by Poland in the round of 16. But his performances in the games at Euro 2016 as well as an impressive domestic campaign for Wolfsburg last season, has gained him plenty of attention from Europe’s top clubs.
Real Madrid don’t really need a new left back with Marcelo more than capable of holding down the role for a number of years to come and so seem to be interested in Rodriguez simply because they can afford to buy the best players in order to put them on the bench and keep them for a rainy day. Playing time gives Arsenal the edge, but if the Champions League winners were to come calling, then I think it could be unfortunate for Arsenal, as it is understandably difficult to turn down an offer from the likes of Real Madrid.

It is rumoured that Rodriguez would cost around £21 million, which in today’s market would be a solid investment for a player that could be a world class defender for 7-8 seasons. Based on that alone, Wenger should be making a move for the Swiss international, however it all seems to have gone a little cold and dry on the transfer front for Arsenal in the last few weeks, so who knows when we’ll hear more on this developing story.



    1. Gibbs is too injury prone and very inconsistent while Monreal isn’t getting any younger, Rodriguez will be a very good investment imo.

  1. After wasting 12 mill
    on flop Debuchy and
    16 mill on dubious Chambers
    with 16 mill flop Wellbeck
    injured Wenger has to be be more cautious.
    Arsenal have already spent 30 mill on a defender
    and need to spend on some one further forward.
    If Arsenal get another LB he is more likely
    to be a young cheap project. Galloway from Everton?
    Then again “if” Gibbs does go he should fetch 12 mill
    which would bring some one like Rodriguez within range.
    Same probably applies up front if we want a top attacker
    we probably need to offload an Ox or a Walcott
    but would they leave their well paid comfy lifestyle?

    1. Welbeck helped us win FA Cup with winning goal at old Trafford

      Also last season when Welbeck came back from injury he started scoring immediately when Theo, Giroud And even Alexis were not scoring

      Furthermore, Danny has done a commendable Job on the left wing replacing Alexis when necessary

      Welbeck isn’t a top striker yet but he is NOT a “flop”

  2. It is not actually dry and cold on the transfer front for Arsenal, at least we are signing Takuma Asano, who is better than all our forwards put together, infact he is the next Inamoto….*smiles*

    There is no strong evidence to suggest that we are in for RR..
    Wenger won’t sign a LB for that amount.NEVER!…even if Gibbs leaves,Wenger will look for a cheap alternative….if he signs for us I will surprised and happy!

  3. I thought the last day to activate the clause in his contract was 2 days ago.
    I’m sure RR will be an awesome player if we were to get him. Kinda doubt we will though.

  4. From my understanding Gibbs is staying. I thought that was put to bed a few weeks back. But lets say we do need another left back. Would people on here entertain the idea of dropping Monreal to the bench. Rodriguez is not gonna come here to sit and warm the touchline. Monreal has been one of our most consistent players for over a season now. And I was quite liking witnessing an Arsenal fullback whom prioritises defensive duties of supporting the attack. Monreal still has two to three good seasons Id imagine, is this how we would thank him. Id love to have Rodriguez, that left peg, my word. But I couldn’t say that Rodriguez is better at defending. They both have their perks. Great to be able to choose between both, but it’s maybe one or the other. Unless Monreal would take a back seat and a pay rise.

  5. Rodriguez is better than both Monreal and Gibbs …. Better at attacking than Gibbs and as good as Monreal tracking back …should be a no brainer …Gibbs sold ageing Monreal a good back up and can ease this guy in to EPL … Net cost maybe 10m …but as far as I can tell wenger believes most of his business is done with Shaka jap as holding option for welbecks return wilshere and santi back and “revitalized” giroud and Ramsey like new signings … But anyone basing next years EPL on this euros is beyond football redemption… All the poor performers last year have upped their management and squads … So far the only non mover ..jury out on xhaka… Is of course arsenal … Assume Leicester fall back then wenger back to his 4th place calculations to keep walmart family happy

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