Arsenal have reportedly made an £8m bid for Ajax left back Nicolas Tagliafico, as the Gunners look to address their defensive deficiencies ahead of the January transfer window.

By 90Min
October 31, 2018

Arsenal have reportedly made an £8m bid for Ajax left back Nicolas Tagliafico, as the Gunners look to address their defensive deficiencies ahead of the January transfer window.

Whilst the Gunners have started the season in good form, sitting fourth in the Premier League table, they have struggled to keep clean sheets thus far under Unai Emery. With just two league shutouts to their name, Arsenal have conceded the most amount of goals in the top four by some margin (13).

So far this season, injuries have plagued the left-back position in Arsenal's team with both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolašinac struggling for fitness. This has left Emery somewhat in the lurch as he has recently been forced to play Granit Xhaka in this position.

The Swiss midfielder's lack of experience in defence showed in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace as Xhaka was guilty of giving away a penalty in the 83rd minute to gift the Eagles a late equalizer. 

At 26, Ajax's Tagliafico will soon be approaching the prime years of his career and represents a cheap and effective solution for the Gunners' left-back problem. Whilst Monreal may well retain his position as first choice left-back, Tagliafico would be an excellent understudy for the Spaniard. 

Having played for Independiente between 2015 and 2018, the Argentine made a £4m move to Ajax in January and has impressed in his 15 appearances for the club thus far. His performances throughout the year even earned him a call-up to Argentina's final 23-man squad for the World Cup. 

If Arsenal can pull this deal off for £8m in January, this would represent great value for money in such an inflated market. 

Having given up their 11-game winning streak in dramatic style against Crystal Palace on the weekend, Arsenal next face Blackpool in the League Cup on Wednesday evening followed by a daunting test against Liverpool at the Emirates.

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