Hector Bellerin has struggled to stay fit. Stephan Lichtsteiner is old and slow. Carl Jenkinson is unlikely to still be an Arsenal player next season.
One thing is clear – the Gunners need a new right-back.
Holding the fort on the perimeter of the back-line is no mean feat, especially when considering some of the opposing wingers they’ll have to deal with.
Here are five suitable candidates who could make the trip to North London.
1) Davide Calabria - Milan
The 22-year-old has been making waves this season, as part of a seriously talented Milan side. With 18 league appearances under his belt, Calabria’s biggest upside is perhaps his versatility – if Bellerin is fit, he’s no stranger to being deployed as a central midfielder or more advanced winger.
2) Denzel Dumfries - PSV Eindhoven
Dumfries has only been at PSV since last summer, but his performances might be enough to warrant a move to the Premier League. The 22-year-old has featured in both Eredivisie and Champions League action, and has sufficient height to be slotted in at centre-half if necessitated.
3) Valentino Lazaro - Hertha Berlin
It’s not his natural position, but the Austrian international has played 13 games at right-back for the Bundesliga outfit this season. Typically a winger/attacking midfielder, Lazaro could be the perfect temporary cover for Bellerin.
4) Dael Fry - Middlesbrough
One of the most sought after defenders in the Championship, Fry has experience of playing all across the back four. A central defender by trade, the 21-year-old is similar to Lazaro in that he is a good option to occasionally deputise Bellerin, despite being at home elsewhere in the lineup.
5) Matt Doherty - Wolves
Matt Doherty has been one of Wolves’ standout players in their first season back amongst the big boys, and has seriously impressed from the right wing-back spot. The 27-year-old Irishman would inject experience and leadership into a Gunners side crying out for just that.