Arsenal consider late Patrick van Aanholt move before January transfer window closes

Mikel Arteta claps on the sidelines during Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Manchester United.
Arteta wants cover at left-back (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal are plotting a late move for Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt before the January transfer window closes.

The Gunner have already signed Martin Odegaard and Mat Ryan on loan during the winter window but still have until 11pm on February 1 to seal a third signing.

Cover at left-back is Mikel Arteta’s priority and Van Aanholt has emerged as a surprise target.

The former Chelsea and Sunderland left-back is out of contract in the summer and could be allowed to leave this month following the emergence of Tyrick Mitchell at Selhurst Park.

And Arsenal are plotting a shock move for the 30-year-old, according to the Mirror.

The Gunners were thought to be interested in a deal for Mitchell but Palace are refusing to part ways with the 21-year-old, who they view to be a big part of their future.

Patrick van Aanholt of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Selhurst Park on January 30, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Van Aanholt has emerged as a target (Picture: AMA/Getty)

So Mikel Arteta’s side are turning their attention to his team-mate Van Aanholt.

Palace could be willing to cash in to avoid losing him on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Cedric Soares started at left-back against Manchester United on Sunday, with Kieran Tierney currently sidelined.

Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have also filled in at left-back this season but Arteta wants recognised cover in the role.

Van Aanholt has spent four years at Palace but his time at Selhurst Park is set to come to an end.

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