It looks increasingly likely that Bacary Sagna will depart the Emirates in the summer with an impasse over his contract the root cause, but with Carl Jenkinson yet to convince in an Arsenal shirt the north London club should consider a bid for Crystal Palace’s Joel Ward.
The Gunners have shipped goals in all but two Premier League matches this term and it’s as short as 53/100 that both sides score when Liverpool meet them in their next Premier League fixture.
Sagna is unlikely to sign a new deal at the Emirates as long as Arsenal refuse to offer him increased wages.
The French international has turned down offers from Real Madrid and perennial Gunners player-pinchers Man City in recent times, but at 30 years old his next contract will be his last big one, making a move to a new side the most financially savvy course of action.
PSG, Monaco, Galatasary and Fenerbahce have all been credited with a significant interest in the former Auxerre defender by the Daily Mail.
Only two players have averaged more tackles than Ward in the Premier League this season.
Unlike the vast majority of his Eagles comrades the former Portsmouth full-back has looked far from off the pace in the top flight, establishing a burgeoning reputation as a tenacious tackler.
His exquisite timing when it comes to the most bread and butter of the defensive arts is further highlighted by the fact that his 32 tackles in seven games were pulled off for the cost of just two fouls.
Despite his taste for the basics the 24-year-old is more than capable of mounting profitable raids from the flanks, as was seen in his Palace’s loss to Fulham where he again and again carried the fight to the visitors.
Ward has played 104 more football league games than Jenkinson.
The Arsenal man has made just 28 league starts under Wenger and his youth may offer some excuse for his inconsistencies for the club to date.
By comparison Crystal Palace fans will vouch for the fact that Ward has been arguably the club’s most reliable performer since joining from Bournemouth in the summer of 2012.
Furthermore he has averaged three more tackles, one more interception and almost three more clearances per game than the current heir to Sagna’s throne in the 2013/14 Premier League season.