While much of the focus this transfer summer will be on what Arsenal do in terms of attackers and midfielders, there’s work to be done at the back too.
Kieran Gibbs is hotly tipped to be a summer departure as he looks to play regular football again having fallen behind Nacho Monreal in the pecking order. The Spaniard is no spring chicken though, and at some point a succession plan has to be put in place.
Monreal signed a new deal in January, but having back-up for him if Gibbs go is one of the key issues this summer.
Today, we add another name to the list as the Daily Record says that Arsenal scouts have been watching 18 year old Celtic talent Kieran Tierney. The 18 year old made 34 appearances for the SPL Champions last season, and would fit the bill in terms of profile – someone who could understudy Monreal for a couple of seasons, and develop into a first team player.
However, a fee of around £10m seems a bit high. As such we’re giving this one a six on the transfer poo-o-meter (where 1 is a rock solid no wiper and 10 is a flaming hot torrent of lava that scorches your ringpiece on the way out).