Max Aarons would be shrewd long-term option for leaky Arsenal defence
According to The Mirror, Arsenal have joined North London neighbours Tottenham Hotspur in the hunt for Max Aarons.
Norwich City defender Aarons has been in fine form this season and is unsurprisingly attracting attention from the Premier League big boys.
His sudden rise to first-team stardom has coincided with Norwich’s impressive promotion charge.
The 18-year-old has played 20 league games and two League Cup games, establishing himself as a regular under Daniel Farke.
Aarons is naturally attack-minded as a right-back and his offensive contributions have helped the Canaries storm up the league table.
With three goals and three assists to his name this season, Aarons’ attacking work is just as important as his defensive duties.
According to Who Scored, the teenager has completed 706 successful passes and 14 key passes in 20 league matches, as well as completing 25 successful dribbles.
In a team like Arsenal, Aarons could get the best out of his attacking flair, playing an attractive brand of football under Unai Emery.
And although he would not be an immediate fix, Aarons could the long-term solution to Arsenal’s leaky defence.
In 20 Championship matches, the England under-19 international has made 33 tackles, 25 interceptions, 32 clearances and 22 blocks, as per Who Scored.
These are impressive numbers for a player with such little experience.
As he gets better with age, he could be a key player for Arsenal in the coming years, if they can beat Spurs to his signature.