Mikel Arteta admits fullback shortage at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta admits fullback shortage at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits his side is a little bit short with left-footed fullbacks. 

Arsenal have already released Sokratis after the defender's contract was terminated on mutual consent as well as midfielder Mesut Ozil. Sead Kolasinac also left the north London side in December and rejoined his former club Schalke 04 on loan until the end of the season

Sokratis is attracting interests from a number of Serie A clubs while Ozil's move to Fenerbahce is yet not official. 

"We are a little bit short with left-footed full-backs," he said.

"We know we can use Ainsley [Maitland-Niles] there, we can use Bukayo [Saka] there, we can use Cedric, who has played in that position. We have some options. The natural option is Kieran [Tierney] but we can adapt. That option is open are we are looking to see what is available."

"We are looking at various positions because the movements we have made in this transfer window, with some players leaving the club, leaves us a little bit short in certain areas. So if we can, we will do it, and if we can't, we'll just keep going with what we have."

The Gunners continue to be linked with a number of players including Martin Odegaard and Emi Buendia. 

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