Arsenal remain keen on landing Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey in the summer, as reports emerged stating Hector Bellerin could quit the club.
Bellerin is understood to have told the management he wants to leave. The Spanish star is seeking a fresh challenge it seems, leaving Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta with another conundrum to solve.
However, it appears Mikel does have his eye on a couple of replacements. As well as Norwich full-back Max Aarons, Duncan Castles – speaking on the Transfer Window podcast – claims Tariq Lamptey is still an option for Arsenal.
“Tariq Lamptey at Brighton (is an option) and if you’re looking for an attacking right back, then he is a fit,” Duncan said.
“I think the issue with Lamptey is, if you play him in a back four he’s probably not as clever an answer defensively due to a lack of height.
“That may be the consideration for Arsenal in terms of Lamptey. But if Arteta switches to a back three, then Lamptey might be the ideal and younger replacement for Bellerin.”
There is no doubt that Tariq Lamptey would give the north Londoners improvement down the flank. As Duncan says, his height is a bit of a worry but Lamptey’s other qualities outweigh that ‘issue’.
Tariq has been impressive. So much so, that ex-Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson lauded the player earlier in the campaign, telling Sky Sports that he believed the Englishman was ‘very, very good player’.
The Seagulls would demand a big fee for their player but in terms of long-term investments, few will be better suited to the Gunners than Lamptey.