Noel Whelan has insisted Arsenal should look to sign Southampton star Kyle Walker-Peters this summer to add a bit more depth to the squad.
The Gunners have been very busy this transfer window as Mikel Arteta knows that he will be in a struggle to finish inside the top four next season – and knows that he will need to keep on adding to his squad.
That has led to some shock reports in the media which have claimed that Arsenal are now very much interested in a deal that would see Walker-Peters make the move to the Emirates in a deal worth £40 million
Walker-Peters registered two goals and four assists in 37 appearances across all competitions last term – including 23 outings at left-back – and his performances impressed alot of coaches in the Premier League
Now – amid all that speculation – Whelan has opened up and insisted Arsenal should look to sign the Saints man to provide an alternative to defensive-minded star Takehiro Tomiyasu.
“Arteta likes his wing-backs to be nice and high, full of energy – that’s what he wants,” he told Football Insider.
“Walker-Peters would certainly add that – down the left or the right-hand side.
“He’s got loads of pace and he’s comfortable with the ball at his feet in a number of positions.
“Tomiyasu, for me, is one of the better defenders in the league. I’ve not seen many skin him or beat him one-on-one – but Walker-Peters would be a very different option going forward.
“He’s had his problems with injuries too, so bringing in another player would really give that squad some healthy competition for places.”
Walker-Peters is a very good player that will most certainly add to this Arsenal side – but to sign a back-up for £40 million – that is crazy
If they do sign Walker-Peters – he will not be a regular starter in the side unless there are injuries or suspensions etc – so it will be interesting to see if Arsenal listen to Whelan