If the latest reports are to be believed then Arsenal were close to signing Moroccan left back Hamza Mendyl on the transfer deadline day. The player currently plies his trade for German outfit Schalke and it’s president recently came out and confirmed that if not for work permit issues, Mendyl could have been a Gunner by the end of the transfer window.
During the transfer window, some reports had suggested that the fullback was in London to finalise his deal to the Emirates but the player didn’t have a European passport and that complicated the matter and later it was called off as there wasn’t enough time for the deal to go through.
Mendyl joined Schalke this month after the English transfer window ended from French outfit Lille. The 20-year-old had a breakthrough season with French outfit last season as he impressed everyone with his performances down the left side of the defence. At just 20, he has already won 13 caps for his national side and is touted as a big talent in his country.
Arsenal are yet to get off the mark on the points table and there were some concerns in the left back spot as Ainsley Maitland Niles was injured in the first game and the likes of Saed Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal were already out with injury. However, Monreal has made a timely recovery and is back, so the Gunners will be relieved that they have a proper option for the left back role.
It remains to be seen whether the Gunners will go again after the defender in the January transfer window. However, we believe that they are well covered in the left back spot and they should probably look at other areas to improve come the winter transfer period.