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4 players who could solve Arsenal’s right-back problem

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Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko has been on Arsenal's radar for some time.

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has been inconsistent this season, but the Gunners don’t have a viable replacement in the side.

Carl Jenkinson is out on loan with Birmingham City and hasn’t started a Premier League game for Arsenal since November 19, 2016, and Mathieu Debuchy was recently sold to AS Saint-Etienne.

It means Arsene Wenger could look to the transfer market in the summer to find some competition and a secondary option to Bellerin, and there are four talented players whom Arsenal might consider ahead of next season.

#4 Sime Vrsaljko – Atletico Madrid

The Atleti defender has been linked with Arsenal for some time, turning down the London side to join the La Liga outfit 18 months ago.

Vrsaljko could be available in the summer due to a lack of playing time at the Wanda Metropolitano. The 26-year-old made just three league appearances between August and December and has hardly featured in the Copa Del Rey and Champions League this season.

Vrsaljko, signed from Sassuolo in 2016, is worth around £17m and has averaged a tackle or interception every 24 minutes. He’s made three assists but has only made four successful dribbles and eight chances. Bellerin trumps him offensively, but the Croatian international is stronger at the back.

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