It’s nearly time to hit the panic button. With transfer deadline day looming, Arsenal are struggling with the left full-back position. With Kolasinac now ruled out for roughly two months, it means Arsenal are left with Nacho Monreal as their only senior left-back. When you consider that he isn’t 100% fit either, you can see the headache that Emery has got. So, it will come as no surprise whatsoever that a left-back has been linked with the Emirates side. Who, I hear you ask? Ricardo Rodriguez, I respond. This link must be taken with a pinch of salt as it has come from the Daily Mail, but if we can get an article out of it, who am I to complain?
After progressing through the FC Zurich academy in his homeland, Rodriguez made the deserved move to Wolfsburg. He spent a solid five and a half years in Germany before moving to AC Milan last summer. The fact that he’s even on Arsenal’s radar suggests that he’s had a rather impressive season at the San Siro. I’m not sure what it is about the Swiss, but they seem to produce defenders of a high quality on a regular basis; their 2006 World Cup campaign particularly jumps out, where they exited without conceding a goal. (Thanks to Transfermarkt for the profile), anyhow, let’s take a look at how he compares to the aforementioned Kolasinac and Monreal.
Before we get cracking, I want to say thank you to Squawka for the above comparison. That’s the niceties out the way, let’s get on with the nitty gritty side of things. As you can see, with the pass completion, Ricardo Rodriguez is only a tad behind Nacho Monreal and a fair bit ahead of Sead Kolasinac. Unfortunately, that’s as good as it gets for Rodriguez. Kolasinac and Monreal have over one tackle per ninety minutes as you can see, Rodriguez is at 0.92. Hmm, that’s not the best. Interceptions must be better? Not exactly. Monreal made double the number of interceptions of Rodriguez. Is Monreal that good? Or is Rodriguez that bad? Kolasinac is stuck in the middle. Blocks, again sees Monreal come out on top.
If I’m honest, this is more of a necessary signing than a good signing. If the fee is anywhere near the £30,000,000 reported, then I would run, if I was Emery. On the other hand, looking at the bigger picture, is it worth stumping up the money to make sure Arsenal don’t fall behind early doors? Wholeheartedly, I’d have to say yes.