Arsenal: £26m Emirates target now compared to Alexis Sanchez

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Arsenal target Nahuel Molina is expected to go on to bigger and better things than Udinese, according to Italy expert Conor Clancy.

The right-back is on the back of a superb season in Serie A, which has caught the attention of the Gunners.

What’s the latest news involving Molina?

According to reports in Italy, Mikel Arteta is interested in bolstering his right-back department with the signing of Molina.

The report states that Udinese have received strong interest from Arsenal, although they face stiff competition from Atletico Madrid and Juventus.

But the Gunners are expected to offer Pablo Mari, who is currently on loan there, as part of a deal to bring the Argentine to the Emirates Stadium.

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Molina, valued at £26m, enjoyed an excellent season at right-back, chipping in with an impressive eight goals and five assists, with his seven league goals more than the whole Arsenal squad besides Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard.

And Clancy has tipped the 24-year-old for big things, perhaps even following in the footsteps of ex-Gunners attacker Alexis Sanchez, who went from Udinese to Arsenal via Barcelona back in 2013.

What did Clancy say about Molina?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “When Udinese have a player, you kind of think that this players ceiling is a lot higher than Udinese, because their whole thing is they find these players, they get them in and they sell them on, and they do bigger things.

“If you look at Inter, they’ve got Handanovic and Alexis Sanchez, these are players that came through and made names for themselves with Udinese before moving on, and I think Molina could be the next in that line of players who has a stint at Udinese and then goes on to bigger things.”

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Do Arsenal need Molina?

Despite Arteta having Takehiro Tomiyasu as his first-choice right-back, the Japanese international featured in just over half (21) of Arsenal’s Premier League games this season.

Arteta does have Cedric Soares at his disposal, but the ex-Southampton man hasn’t exactly proved the answer despite signing off the campaign with a goal and assist against Everton.

Therefore, bringing in someone like Molina should provide the perfect competition for Tomiyasu, especially with the Gunners facing the prospect of playing Thursday-Sunday-Thursday during the early weeks of the season.

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