Arsenal are embroiled in what the Metro newspaper describe as ‘five-club Premier League transfer war’ over Sevilla full-back Alberto Moreno, who has also excited the Real Madrid talent spotters in his native land.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are the other English clubs attempting to hoik their foes over the top rope in the battle royal for the 21-year-old’s signature.
However, it can be argued that none have as great a need for the Spanish international as Arsene Wenger’s men.
City have two experienced and classy campaigners to call upon in Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov.
Meanwhile, Chelsea and Liverpool both have young right-backs excelling on the left flank while their more natural positions are locked down by consistent senior pros in Cesar Azpilicueta and Jon ‘The Scouse Cafu’ Flanagan.
Like the Blues, Man Utd are among the front-runners to sign Southampton’s Luke Shaw and have the ever-reliable Patrice Evra and Alex Buttner to rely on in the meantime.
Tottenham too are well covered with an extremely able replacement in Jan Vertonghen able to slot in when Danny Rose is out of action.
Arsenal though, are seriously weak on the regular occasions when their talented but fragile first-choice left-back Keiran Gibbs is visiting the nurse.
Understudy Nacho Monreal may, like Moreno, have represented La Roja, but he looks like he’d be more at home manning a checkout at Marks and Spencer than keeping Cristiano Ronaldo in his pocket.
As much was proven in his ineffectual performance at Goodison Park, the third demoralising away loss against top-four rivals he has started this term after the defeats at the Etihad and Anfield.
The Gunners may have slipped to defeat against Everton at the weekend, but their run in remains far easier than that of the Toffees and the 11/20 about them winning the sides’ battle for Champions League football looks good value.
Roberto Martinez’s men still have Manchester United and Manchester City to deal with despite their game in hand, whereas Newcastle’s visit to the Emirates represents the sternest test of the Gunners’ credentials remaining.