Arsenal have scouted a Real Betis winger who could be the long term replacement for Gervinho on the Gunners’ left flank.
Arsenal have watched Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo, claim Spanish newspaper AS, with a view to a summer swoop.
The Gunners have made a name for themselves over the last two decades signing the best young players throughout the world, and the progress of Vadillo is there for all to see.
Still just 18, the young Spaniard became the second youngest player ever to play in La Liga when he made his debut for Real Betis in 2011 at the age of 16 years, 11 months and 16 days. Surprisingly picked from the start, he helped Betis to a 1-0 victory against Granada.
His progress was hampered when he sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury in a match against Real Madrid, but he has come back into both contention for a first team spot and good form this season.
Reportedly taking English lessons for the last two years thanks to interest from Manchester United, Vadillo is now on Arsenal’s radar.
The Gunners tend to play Lukas Podolski on the left wing, but the Germany star does not tend to track back particularly often, and whilst his productivity in terms of goals and assists is high, Arsenal are unable to deploy a high octane pressing game from the front with Podolski in the side.
The typical backup option would be Cote D’Ivoire international Gervinho, but the 25 year-old is shorn of confidence. The north London club’s fans have become less and less tolerant to his mis-controls or wayward shots, and he could be shipped out as Emmanuel Eboue was before him for similar issues.