Arsenal are considering a surprise move for Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibe, according to L’Equipe via Sport Witness.

What’s the word?

The Gunners have been busy in the transfer window so far this summer following the appointment of Unai Emery as manager.

Five new faces have come through the welcome gates at the Emirates, including a right-back in Stephan Lichtsteiner.

For some reason, Emery is keen for another right-sided player as French newspaper L’Equipe (via Sport Witness) claim that Sidibe is on the Gunners’ radar.

The publication adds that the Frenchman, who has been capped 18 times for his country, was close to joining Atletico Madrid prior to the World Cup, but a deal never transpired.

How would this move work?

As mentioned, with the arrival of Lichtsteiner, it would not make a huge amount of sense for Emery to target another right-back.

Sidibe has the talent to potentially thrive at Arsenal, but the 25-year-old struggled to impress at the World Cup having made just one appearance during Les Bleus’ winning campaign.

If these links are genuine, then the only logical explanation would be that Hector Bellerin is no longer needed.

The Spaniard was seen as a crucial member of the team a few years ago when he fended off interest from Barcelona and Manchester City to sign a new deal.

However, last season the 23-year-old had some dismal moments, which led to rumours regarding his future.

There are no suggestions that Bellerin is not wanted by Emery, but if Sidibe is a genuine target then the Spaniard should be concerned.

Danielle Joynson