Arsenal are on the look-out for a Right Back as the Daily Mail reported this week that Bacary Sagna could be on his way out of the club. While this will be interesting news for Carl Jenkinson, Arsene Wenger would almost certainly have to dip into the transfer market to strengthen the Arsenal squad in that area.
Here are two homegrown talents who could potentially fill any gap left by Sagna’s departure:
Southampton full-back Clyne has been a permanent fixture in the Saints’ Premier League campaign so far. After impressing many top flight teams during his years at Crystal Palace, Southampton swooped last summer to beat several other clubs to his signature. Clyne has further developed his game with this experience, and could be ready for a step up as early as this summer.
His pace and crossing provide a regular attacking outlet which would fit perfectly into Arsenal’s attacking philosophy. The opportunity to be a permanent fixture as Sagna’s replacement – combined with European football – may be too tempting for Clyne to reject.
Arguably the Championship’s newcomer of the year, Sam Byram has emerged as Leeds’ first-choice full back under Neil Warnock. He has been ever-present for the Yorkshire side, and has been a bright light in a dim season for the club. At just 19, Byram is a player with huge potential. At 6 foot, he would add height to the Arsenal back line, and is a very difficult defender to beat. His form has been rewarded by a new contract until 2016, but it is doubtful Premier League sides would allow this to deter them in the summer.
These two homegrown players would both be excellent replacements for Bacary Sagna if his Arsenal career is coming to an end. They would be joining an environment that would allow them to flourish alongside fellow homegrown players such as Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Walcott.
It will be intriguing to watch Sagna’s contract saga unravel.