Arsenal eyeing ‘quick and powerful’ left-back likened to Lucas Hernandez

Arsenal have been linked with Ajax talent Jorrel Hato in recent days as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his defensive ranks.

The Telegraph reported that the Gunners are plotting a move to sign the versatile 17-year-old defender, who has made his Ajax breakthrough this season.

Hato has just 18 months left on his current deal, with Ajax seemingly – and understandably – keen to tie him down on a new long-term contract.

However, the report notes that the feeling in the Netherlands is that Arsenal are more likely to move for the youngster in the summer, rather than in January.

Arsenal could certainly do with reinforcements at left-back sooner rather than later, as this is now one of their main weaknesses.

Jorrel Hato celebra su gol contra el Vitesse.

Oleksandr Zinchenko has been error-prone lately, while Jakub Kiwior – a centre-back by trade – hasn’t done well out of position.

And with Takehiro Tomiyasu now at the Asian Cup, he’s now unavailable for the Gunners for the next few weeks.


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