Is this free agent from the Bundesliga the perfect backup to Zinchenko?

Kieran Tierney is set to leave Arsenal, and although there’s not been much talk of who replaces him in Arteta’s squad,

Dean Jones claims Arteta has his eyes on Borrussia Dortmund’s Raphael Guerreiro.

“Their options for finding a new left-back are pretty limited because there are very few players intelligent and versatile enough to carry out the role so specifically that Arteta is looking for,” said Jones on Give Me Sport.

“One other player I had mentioned to me recently is Raphael Guerreiro, who just announced his exit from Borussia Dortmund. I don’t think it progressed significantly since then, and I know there are a couple of clubs on the continent further down the road with him, but he’s got that ability to play in midfield and to position himself in half-spaces that open up opportunities that Arteta finds so important, which is interesting.”

This is what the Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl spoke about Guerreiro: “We made Rapha an improved offer for two years plus an option,” Kehl said. “The talks were always conducted in a fair and correct manner. We would have liked to keep him, but in the end we weren’t able to come to an agreement.”

“Here, too, we stand for a clear plan, a direction, because Rapha is about to turn 30 and wanted a contract for an even longer period.”

The Spaniard is set to leave Dortmund this summer when his deal expires. Arteta sees him as the perfect player to challenge Oleksander Zinchenko at left back, and it may look easy to present him with a contract offer.

However, it will not be as easy as that. The Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg claims the Spaniard is wanted at Bayern Munich, and there’s a chance he wouldn’t reject their advances. Hence, Arsenal will have to battle Bayern Munich for his signing.

If Arsenal want to win his race, presenting the 29-year-old with a long-term deal could be the trick. Guerreiro Arteta could be adding another aspect to his attack. With 14 assists and six goals last season, that’s a player who could influence Arsenal’s attack next season; he could help bridge the quality gap between them and Manchester City.

Daniel O

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    1. Agree 100%.

      So instead of having competition at LB with Tierney, we should sell a quality defensive LB in mid 20’s and replace with a player near 30 as a backup.

      Makes Arsenal far weaker not stronger and should be a concern if one thinks about it.

      Personally never been convinced on Zinchenko at LB, and don’t think anyone should be an automatic starter.

  1. Aging maybe but he scored 4 and assisted another 10 from the LB position in Bundesliga and Champions League. How is that average?

  2. When judging a player I prefer the eye test to any stats which can be completely misleading.On occasion they can be an aid before a player is actually scouted, but that is all they are.In my opinion, Guerrero would not improve the Arsenal team, and with respect, Terrah, I have played the game at a decent level and was involved in scouting for three seasons after I had to stop playing.

  3. He was named in the Bundesliga team of the season. I wouldn’t mind having him as backup for Zinchenko if Tierney insists on leaving

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