Arsenal have made a move to sign Athletico Madrid Spanish right back Manquillo on loan according to goal.com reporter Robin Bairner. The move for the youngster will no doubt scuttle Marseille’s move for him. Should the move sail through, Arsenal would be signing their second right back in the space of a few days. But does it make sense considering the fact that Arsenal now has Debuchy who will be the club’s first choice right back and Jenkinson who is expected to be his back up and Manquillo. Manquillo and Jenkinson would jostle for the role of backup to Debuchy and a place in the first team for cup competitions.
This is more unlike Wenger who prefers having just two players per position. This is geared towards giving the fringe player ample opportunity to get a run in the first team. If it is true that we want the player, what then will Wenger be doing with three right backs at his disposal?
The options available are that Wenger could be about sending Jenkinson on loan to another Premier League club. This won’t be a bad idea as it would allow him get more first team football which is unlikely to get Arsenal with Debuchy around. The other option is that Wenger is targeting Manquillo as Arsenal’s fourth choice centre back for the new season. The Gunners currently have three centre backs in their fold; Mertesacker, Koscielny and Vermaelen but with cloud of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Belgian, Wenger might be out to land another experienced defender while also having a youngster who will be the fourth choice centre back.
Having a player who is only a centre back as the fourth choice could be difficult to find as the player might frown at the lack of first team football but if he is versatile enough to play in a couple of other positions, his chances of playing more first team football would be greatly enhanced.
However, taking a player on loan could be counter-productive as it could be akin to training a player for his real team. If Arsenal must take Manquillo on loan, they must insert a clause that allows them make the signing permanent at the end of the season because if he has a good season at Arsenal, Athletico Madrid might recall him and what then would be Arsenal’s gain?
Manquillo would certainly get his chance at Arsenal as Wenger is the type of manager that gives young players the chance to prove their mettle. Youngsters like Zelalem, Jenkinson, Gnabry and even Ramsey got their chance and some of them grabbed with both hands and I expect the same for Manquillo.