Mikel Arteta is reportedly already in the process of trying to trim down his Arsenal roster ahead of the transfer market after reports suggested Sead Kolasinac has been offered to Serie A side Roma.
The left back has slipped down the pecking order at the club this term, featuring in just one of Arsenal’s opening four top-flight matches.
According to Corriere dello Sport, the 27-year-old former Schalke defender has been offered to the Serie A club.
Kolasinac has been mentioned with the Italian outfit before but they may be willing to seal a deal when the transfer window reopens due to how thinly spread the club are on the left side of their defence.
Although Roma already have the Italy international Leonardo Spinazzola who can play a similar role, cover in the role is only provided by the 18-year-old ace Riccardo Calafiori, who made his senior debut back in August.
The report claims that they would rather have an experienced defender to provide competition especially given Leonardo’s tendency to pick up injuries.
Although Sead appears to be the deputy left back behind Kieran Tierney at the club, Arteta does have back-up options should the Bosnian man move on in January.
Rising star Bukayo Saka has already impressed Arsenal boss enough on the left side for the Gunners and could be trusted to act as cover if needed.
Arteta is interested to offload a few defenders in the next couple of months considering his vast range of options.
Sokratis and Calum Chambers are set to struggle for game time and have been linked with transfers away from the club, while William Saliba may be set for a loan exit during the season to gain first-team experience.