Arsenal’s left-back recruitment plan this summer is ideal for Kieran Tierney

Arsenal are reportedly planning to sign a new left-back in the summer, with Kieran Tierney the only natural left-footed option at the club.

The right-footed Cedric Soares has deputised for Tierney in recent weeks and the likes of Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka have featured there in previous seasons.

Speaking last month, Arteta admitted that Arsenal were "a little bit short with left-footed full-backs" after Sead Kolasinac rejoined Schalke on loan.

He said: "With the departure of Kola, we are a little bit short with left-footed full-backs at the moment. We know we can use Ainsley there, we can use Bukayo there and we can use Cedric – who has played in that position – so we have some options.

"A natural option to Kieran? Obviously, we don't. But we can adapt."

According to the Athletic, a left-back is high on Arsenal's list of summer targets and the report states that the Gunners are targeting a young player with a lot of potential who would be content to provide cover for Tierney.

Southampton's Ryan Bertrand and Crystal Palace's Patrick van Aanholt are among the names which have been linked with Arsenal, with their respective deals due to expire at the end of the season.

The report notes that both player's have been named on Arsenal's recruitment lists but they are not serious targets, with the Gunners not wanting to sign an expensive, experienced player who will be after regular first-team football.

Tierney has been out of action recently with what Arsenal have described as "discomfort in the right lower leg", missing their last four Premier League games.

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  • Speaking ahead of Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday, Arteta said: "Kieran is a player that really pushes himself and he has to be able to perform physically at his best because he cannot hold himself. Even in training he can’t hold himself.

    "We are trying to manage him in the best possible way and find every possibility to give him the best chance to be fit as soon as possible, and we are here to support him as much as we can."

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