Arsenal to agree £26m deal for pacy full back before transfer deadline

Arsenal’s defensive frailties has them pegged back in the chase for a top four finish this term.

Hector Bellerin has been trimmed out of Unai Emery’s match of the day starting XI, after taking a terrible knock to his ligament.

The defender has been ruled out for nine months according to reports which leaves Gunners stark naked against opponents.

However, it appears Emery is looking to push for an 11th-hour target as he looks to keep his side’s hope for a top four finish alive and flaming.

Spaniard Aissa Mandi has been earmarked to fill up Bellerin’s spot at the club until he nears fitness again, and recovers completely.

But Mandi will reportedly cost Arsenal 26 million pounds from Spanish side Real Betis, should they opt to sign him permanently.

Still, that has been cut out of the north Londoners plans this window. Yet, it doesn’t rule out the possibility of asking to loan the player for the rest of the season as El Desmarque, through Football London.

Whether Real Betis will farm out the defender is still a hanging claim. Betis are currently eighth on the La Liga table, and are through to the finals of the Copa Del Rey.

The Spanish side still have themselves locked in the Europa League knockout stages, and the lure of farming out a defender who has racked up 29 appearances looks very unlikely.

Nonetheless, Gunners can still pull it off like they did with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season.