Arsenal to welcome right-back who could partner with Bukayo Saka

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Bukayo Saka has become a crucial figure for Arsenal under Mikel Arteta.

Pushed back into an unfamiliar left-back role, Saka has offered a dynamic solution to a problem position with his solid defensive qualities and impact as an attacking outlet.

Saka, 18, has delivered three assists including two in Arsenal ‘s last three Premier League games having flourished in the role devised by new manager Arteta.

And the Spaniard could now have the chance to replicate that on the right side of defence to add balance to his side as he welcomes back Jordi Osei-Tutu this summer.

The youngster, 21, has been a stand-out performer for Arsenal’s Under-23s in the past and been on the fringes of the first-team without making a Premier League appearance.

But a loan spell to Germany with VfL Bochum has seen him flourish in the Bundesliga 2 this season.

He has emerged as a star performer since action resumed after the coronavirus pandemic, excelling in a more advanced role as a right winger with two goals in four games.

Having usually featured as a right-back, he appears to have now unlocked his attacking creativity.

And that mix will provide hopes he could be ready to fill in next season and emulate the impact of Saka as a creative force with the physical attributes to get up and down the right flank.

Osei-Tutu’s early time in Germany was marred by an incident of racist abuse in just his second game for the club.

But he opted to stick it out and the move has seemingly paid off in terms of his on-field progression.

Speaking back in November, Osei-Tutu told Goal : “A lot of players reached out. My Arsenal team-mates, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan and [Alex] Iwobi.

“I was seeing a lot of comments saying ‘come back to Arsenal’, but that was never in my mind. I just saw it as something that happened and that I had to move on from.

“Afterwards I got on the phone to my dad and he said it’s something you experience in life. It’s happened to him before and he said ‘you’ve just got to laugh it off, continue playing your game and don’t let anything upset you’.

“So I just tried to forget about it so it didn’t play on my mind afterwards, which I think I did well.”

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