Unai Emery plot to sign AC Milan defender Ricardo Rodriguez

Unai Emery plot to sign AC Milan defender Ricardo Rodriguez

- Unai Emery makes last minute rush for AC Milan defender Ricardo Rodriguez

- Arsenal are currently without a left-back as Kolasinac and Monreal are injured

- Stephane Lichtsteiner believes Arsenal will do well this season under Emery

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is considering a late swoop for Ricardo Rodriguez of AC Milan in a bid to solve problems at left back.

Sead Kolasinac could be sidelined for up to 10 weeks with a knee injury he sustained in last week’s friendly against Chelsea in Dublin.

Spain international Nacho Monreal has not featured in pre-season having returned from the World Cup with a minor knee injury which has kept him out of full training.

And he is a serious doubt for Sunday’s Premier League opener at home against Manchester City.

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Versatile youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles is the most likely to step into the role against Pep Guardiola's side.

Rodriguez moved to Italy last summer after five years at Wolfsburg and made an instant impression and Milan are not keen to sell him and it may take £30million to prise him away.

Meanwhile, newly signed right back Stephan Lichtsteiner believes the Gunners are ready to ‘catch fire’ as the Emery era takes shape.

The 34-year-old Swiss international who signed on a free transfer from Juventus, played for the first time as Arsenal swept aside Lazio 2-0 in Stockholm on Saturday.

After his World Cup exertions, Lichtsteiner said: "We are ready and it was important to show this. I see players with big character and big qualities. I think this team just needs this last fire to explode.

"It’s the same project like seven years ago at Juventus. It’s important to come back into the Champions League. Step by step we will grow and go forward.

"When you are at big clubs like Arsenal it’s important to have in your head the aim to win titles."

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Arsenal have said they will only sell Shkodran Mustafi this summer if a team pays £22.3m for the Germany international.

The £35m signing from Valencia two years ago has largely been frustrated under Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery and has decided he is surplus to requirements.

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