Arsenal have Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers who can operate at right-back, but Fichajes they’re on the hunt for one of three replacements as they ‘intend to sell’ Cedric – Tariq Lamptey (Brighton & Hove Albion), James Justin (Leicester City), Max Aarons (Norwich City).
Chambers and Cedric shared right-back responsibilities in Arsenal’s first few games of the season, but Tomiyasu has been a regular ever since. Mikel Arteta is blessed with depth in this position, so he could offload Cedric without bringing in another player.
Lamptey joined Brighton from Chelsea in January 2020 and has gone on to make 20 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal with four assists. The 21-year-old featured only once this season, however, as he’s been sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Justin joined Leicester from Luton in July 2019 and has gone on to make 49 appearances in all competitions, scoring four with four assists. The 23-year-old was a regular in the starting lineup last season, but he’s also been out all campaign with a ACL tear.
Aarons rose through the youth ranks to Norwich’s first-team in 2018, going on to make 137 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals with 13 assists. The 21-year-old has been a regular this season, playing every minute of every game so far, and might be lured away from Carrow Road as Norwich look destined for relegation.
Fichajes say the Gunners will ‘follow’ the situations of all three players going into the winter transfer window, but it remains to be seen who they’ll end up with. Lamptey and Justin are still recovering from injuries, so they’re not yet in the best condition to make an instant impact.
This might open to the door to Aarons who’s been linked with Everton, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur and is highly-rated. Time will tell. The 21-year-old would be an improvement on Cedric, but whether Arsenal really want to spend the money when they have existing options remains to be seen.