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Report: Arsenal consider move for Southampton star Ryan Bertrand

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Report: Arsenal consider move for Southampton star Ryan Bertrand

Arsenal are monitoring Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand as competition for Kieran Tierney, according to the Evening Standard.

The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta hinted this week that he could move for another left-back.

Sead Kolasinac joined Schalke on loan this month and Arsenal are now short on the left-hand side of the defence.

Tierney has been brilliant this season and it seems likely that any new arrival would play second fiddle to the ex-Celtic man.

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Arsenal are eyeing several potential targets – with Bertrand thought to be one of them.

Southampton are in a tricky situation with one of their prized assets.

He has just six months left on his contract and could leave the club for free at the end of the season.

Bertrand arrived at St Mary’s in 2014 and left Chelsea with a Champions League winners medal.

 

The 31-year-old has played 224 times for the Saints and is very much a key figure in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team.

His experience could make him a decent signing and on a free transfer, he’d be a welcome addition to Arteta’s ranks.

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The Southampton man is ageing like a fine wine and Arsenal could complete a very shrewd piece of business.

The player knows the Premier League and would place some real competition on the heels of Tierney.

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One stumbling block could be a lack of first-team football.

At 31, Bertrand might choose to head somewhere that can offer him regular action – and he could hardly be blamed for choosing that option.

If Arteta can tempt him into being part of his project at the Emirates Stadium, however, signing the £70,000-a-week player is a no-brainer.

 

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