Arsenal were recently rocked by the news that Hector Bellerin is set to miss the remainder of the season.
Bellerin suffered a serious knee injury in Arsenal’s recently victory over Chelsea and is set to be sidelined until next term.
This could force Arsenal into some late January business and a Serie A right-back has been mentioned recently.
According to France Football, Kevin Malcuit is seen as a potential right-back addition to cover for Bellerin’s injury.
The 27-year-old plays for Napoli, having previously represented a number of teams in France – including Saint-Etienne and Lille.
Malcuit could be a reasonable short-term addition but Arsenal might be missing a trick here.
Bellerin’s injury could be the perfect excuse to launch a bid for Malcuit’s Napoli team-mate Elseid Hysaj.
The 42-cap Albania international has played 16 Serie A games this season, compared to Malcuit’s total of 12 and he is the preferred option.
According to The Mirror, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is considering a raid on his former club to bring Hysaj to London.
But Arsenal could enter the race for the impressive 24-year-old, who would be the ideal right-back signing.
In the short-term, Hysaj would provide cover for Bellerin and in the long-term, he could compete with the Spaniard for the starting spot.
With over 250 senior appearances to his name at 24, Hysaj provides Arsenal with the perfect blend of youth and experience.
Rather than pursue Malcuit, Arsenal should divert their attention to his right-back rival Hysaj.