Mikel Arteta is already in the process of trying to trim down his Arsenal squad ahead of the transfer window after reports suggested Sead Kolasinac has been offered out to Roma.

The left-back has slipped down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium this term, featuring in just one of the Gunners’ opening four top flight matches.

According to Correre dello Sport, the 27-year-old has been offered to the Serie A club.

Kolasinac has been linked with the Italian outfit before but they may be willing to strike a deal when the transfer window reopens due to how thinly spread they are on the left side of their defence.

Although Roma already haveĀ Leonardo Spinazzola in the position who can play a similar role, cover in the position is only provided by the 18-year-oldĀ Riccardo Calafiori who made his senior debut back in August.

The report claims that Roma would rather have an experienced player to provide competition especially given Spinazzola’s tendency to pick up injuries.

Although Kolasinac appears to be the deputy left-back behind Kieran Tierney at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta does have back-up options should the Bosnian international move on in January.

Rising star Bukayo Saka has already impressed the Gunners boss enough on the left side for Arsenal and could be trusted to act as cover if needed.

Arteta is keen to offload a few defenders in the next couple of months given his vast range of options.

Calum Chambers and Sokratis are set to struggle for gametime and have been linked with moves away from the club while William Saliba may be set for a loan exit during the campaign to gain first-team experience.


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