Arsenal failed deadline day move for 24-year-old La Liga full-back

By | February 28, 2021

Arsenal reportedly failed with a Deadline Day move for Barcelona defender Junior Firpo.

Manager Mikel Arteta had previously revealed that his side are ‘short’ at left-back, after letting the Bosnian star Sead Kolasinac leave on loan.

As the clock ticked down, Arsenal also let another option in Ainsley Maitland-Niles leave on a temporary deal – with nobody coming to the club.

According to the Catalonian radio station RAC1, however, the north Londoners did try to sign a replacement.

They state that the Gunners made an eleventh-hour swoop for out-of-favour Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo.

The 24-year-old has struggled for action this campaign, starting only one La Liga match under Ronald Koeman.

But the 57-year-old tactician recently insisted that he needed to retain the player – at least until the end of the campaign.

The Dutchman said: “Junior is with us and he did well in the minutes he has had.

“It depends on what each young player wants, we cannot lose all the players either. We need a squad to face the many games that remain.”

Barca are said to have lined up Chelsea star Marcos Alonso as a replacement for Firpo had they been successful in finding the 24-year-old a new team.

Blaugrana’s stance could change come the summer transfer window, however, following a reshuffle at the board level.

For now, the Spain international Jordi Alba remains Ronald’s first-choice in the position.

As for Arsenal, Kieran Tierney has established himself as Mikel’s first-choice at left-back but with the ex-Celtic ace injured of late, Cedric Soares has filled in.