Arsenal will snub the opportunity to sign Patrick van Aanholt this summer in favour of a “younger” left-back.
That is the view of ex-Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of his former club hijacking Leeds United’s reported move for the 30-year-old.
The Mirror claimed in January that Arsenal were considering a swoop for the Crystal Palace defender who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Van Aanholt has made 19 appearances this season, including starts in eight of the Eagles’ last nine Premier League games.
Campbell poured cold water on the idea of the Gunners re-igniting their interest in the Dutch full-back.
“Van Aanholt could be a shrewd signing on a free but I think they will look to sign someone a little bit younger,” he told Football Insider.
“He is into his 30s now, which could be a good thing, because he is experienced. I’d say he probably has three years left in him at Premier League level.
“I think the club will look for someone who is a bit younger though. Tierney has had a number of injuries and while Saka can play there, he is better as an attacker. I just think they need somebody who is young, energetic and can cover for Tierney in the long-term.
“Ideally they would have a bit of experience but I think age is more important. Van Aanholt is a very talented player but I just think they will go a bit younger.”