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'He gives 100% in training and matches': Aidy Boothroyd once waxed lyrical about 'unassuming' Arsenal target

Aidy Boothroyd once waxed lyrical about reported Arsenal target Max Aarons, claiming the fullback doesn’t let transfer speculation get to his head,

Well with the season nearing its end, the transfer window rumours are in full swing with the youngster linked with a move to north London and various Premier League clubs.

The club have been linked with a move for Norwich City’s defender, who according to journalist Freddie Paxton, has been a long-term target for the Gunners this summer. However, he’s warned that the red and white will be fighting with many teams, including arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the defender.

It’s been claimed the outfit are looking for a replacement for Hector Bellerin who could leave at the end of this season. The Spaniard has long been linked with move to Paris Saint Germain, who was said to have had a bid rejected for the defender in last summer’s window.

When talking about the Aarons, Boothroyd said: “He’s an unassuming guy. All the speculation would get to most people but it hasn’t to him. He gives 100 per cent in training and matches, in all the games I’ve seen him at Norwich he’s been outstanding and had a real energy and go about him. So that transfer talk hasn’t affected him, or appears not to have, and he’s been great here. He just gets on with it.”

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TBR View: Aarons would provide long-term cover at right-back

A move for Aarons ticks a lot of boxes for under-pressure boss Mikel Arteta, who has been shifting and changing his starting right-back all season long.

From Hector Bellerin to Cedric Soares back to the Spain international and then over to Calum Chambers, the trio have fought for that starting slot as it’s become abundantly clear Arteta can’t trust either of the players.

It’s made the right-back slot a bit of a priority in the upcoming transfer market, and in Aarons, the side may have found a suitable option.

During his one-season stint in the top-flight back during the 2019/2020 campaign, Aarons, alongside his former teammate Jamal Lewis, wreaked havoc down the wings for the Canaries.

His ability in the final third and recovery pace in defence, makes him a suitable player for an Arsenal side that lacks a well-rounded right-sided defender.

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