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Are Arsenal actually going to sign Alberto Moreno and is that as funny as it seems?

The error-prone left-back played under Unai Emery at Sevilla

To my shame, I genuinely laughed out loud when I saw Alberto Moreno linked with a move to Arsenal.

The Liverpool left-back recently rejected a one-year contract extension and is set to leave on a free in the summer.


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Farewell, sweet prince

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Farewell, sweet prince

The 26-year-old is understandably keen on regular first-team action and the disparity between him and Jurgen Klopp’s preferred option Andy Robertson is considerable.

All the signs point to Anfield’s exit door.

Moreno’s reputation has nosedived in recent times.

Eden Hazard made him look like a half-cut five-a-side ringer during the build-up to the Belgian’s sensational League Cup goal at Anfield last month.

The Spaniard has never truly recovered since his one-man horror show in the 2016 Europa League final.

The Reds went 1-0 up in Switzerland before Sevilla ran riot in the second half with right-winger Coke (Moreno’s direct opponent) scoring twice.

A night to forget

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A night to forget

Not long after, Klopp converted James Milner into a left-back and the versatile Englishman became a regular starter.

Moreno has become synonymous with costly errors and few Liverpool fans will be heartbroken when he departs.

If his reputation has declined so, why are Arsenal in for him?

The Mirror are reporting that the Gunners are monitoring the situation and may approach Moreno with a view to signing him prior to the start of next season.

If I was an Arsenal fan, I’d be rolling my eyes in dramatic fashion.

But is there some sense to it?

Always a soft spot for a player who plays with a smile on their face

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Always a soft spot for a player who plays with a smile on their face

That Europa League final we just recapped? Unai Emery was in charge of Sevilla at the time.

The current Arsenal boss worked with Moreno for a year and a half before the latter was sold to Liverpool in 2014.

Under Emery’s guidance, Moreno earned a call-up to Spain’s senior squad and made his debut in a World Cup qualifier against Georgia.

Terrible V-neck kit

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Terrible V-neck kit

The three-time Europa League winning gaffer was the man to bring out the form in Moreno that ultimately convinced Liverpool to part with £12million.

If anyone can facilitate the Spanish full-back’s reincarnation, it’s Emery.

Left-back has proved problematic for the Gunners.

Sead Kolasinac has fallen out of favour and so Nacho Monreal has resumed as first choice.

Midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles has played a few games at left-back as well in recent times.

Whether Moreno is the solution to this issue remains to be seen.

Down the pecking order

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Down the pecking order

However, given the contrast between Arsenal’s impressive attack and unconvincing defence, the last thing they need is an erratic full-back with a string of high-profile errors in his highlight reel.

The Emery factor is worth consideration, but generally if a transfer sounds potentially calamitous, it probably is.


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