Arsenal fans will all be bitterly disappointed to hear the recent news that Bacary Sagna will be departing the club. The French right-back has been a fantastic servant for us since signed for us in 2007, being competent in both attack and in defence. It is such a shame that one of the clubs longest serving members will be leaving us, but there is no time to dwell on us losing the 31-year-old. Many reports have been linking us with current Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier, I believe that there are options closer to home for Wenger to consider. Here are five Premier League right backs that Arsene Wenger should consider bringing to the club to replace the sure to be departing Sagna.
One – Mathieu Debuchy
Let’s start by looking on Tyneside. The French right-back was signed a couple of January’s ago by the Magpies, who have a sizeable French contingent. Although he isn’t, in my opinion, as good as Sagna, he is an exceptional player in his own right. He is capable going forward, creating 23 chances for his team mates, collecting three assists and a goal for himself. Defensively, he is one of the best at the North-East club. He has won 71 tackles, and 68% of his aerial duels – higher than Sagna by 1%. No wonder he is often chose ahead of Sagna is the French starting 11 by manager Didier Dechamps.
Two – Joel Ward
The 24 year old Englishman was one of the stand out performers at Selhurst Park this year. He has created 20 chances for his team this, collecting 2 assists, and has a 75% pass completion rate, very good considering his team doesn’t have an emphasis on keeping the ball – typical of a Pulis team. He has made 88 interceptions and 61% of his aerial duels. At 24 years old, he has room to improve, and has shown his versatility for Palace, playing as a right midfielder or as a centre midfielder instead of right-back in some games.
Three – Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman would certainly be a candidate for breakout player of the season. After playing as a ride sided midfielder under David Moyes, Roberto Martinez moved him to the right-back position where he has flourished. This season he has scored 6 goals, including some absolute screamers against the likes of Swansea and Cardiff City. These are demonstrated in this video. He has created 45 goal scoring chances for his team and has an impressive 88% pass completion rate. He has won 57 tackles, made 47 interceptions and nine blocks. When it comes to bursting forward, the Irishman may be the best possible option.
Four – Nathaniel Clyne
This young Englishman has excelled since joining Southampton, a place well known for its excellent youth development. Southampton play a high pressing style, and as such, their fullbacks often play in a way similar to the way Arsenal do – requiring a complete defender and one who is capable of breaking down the line and whipping in a cross. Clyne is excellences at this, gaining an attack score of 121 and a defence score of 243, according to Squawka. With many players being linked with a move away from Southampton, it would help to wrap this potential deal up before or during the world cup, before the mass exodus starts.
Five – Calum Chambers
I confess to knowing little about Chambers. What I do know is that he capitalised w
ell on his opportunity to play in the Southampton side when Clyne was injured. He is a youngster of tremendous potential, and who better to help him achieve that than Wenger? However, he would not be an instant solution to our right-back needs.
So Gooners, who would you like to see playing as Arsenal right back next year?