During Mikel Arteta’s 18-month tenure as Arsenal boss, Kieran Tierney has established himself as one of the Gunners’ key players.

The Scottish international is vital at both ends of the field. He regularly delivers his team-mates with precise crosses and consistently excludes the right opponents.

However, the 23-year-old has often struggled with a myriad of fitness issues, and his absence has shown just how weak his backups are.

With Sead Kolasinac loaned out to Schalke in January, Cedric Soares and Granit Xhaka were often hired to stand up for Tierney as left-backs, which both struggled with.

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Those battles have resulted in the Gunners entering the transfer market with Ryan Bertrand of Southampton, who is closely related to a move to the Emirates.

Bertrand is very experienced but given his 32nd birthday this summer, this would be a short-term fix to Arsenal’s left-back problems which some Gunners fans would like to avoid after Willian’s so far unsuccessful stay in north London.

Here we have listed three younger Ryan Bertrand alternatives that Arsenal should be targeting this summer.

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Lee Buchanan

Derby’s Lee Buchanan has emerged as an exciting young talent during a grim season for the Rams.

Buchanan helped lead the Aries to the safety of the championship this season. He started 28 league games and came off the bench seven more times.

During these demonstrations, the Englishman showed why he was recommended for a move to a high profile team and showed his natural athletic ability and technical ability combined with intelligent, shrewd defense.

Lee Buchanan has been linked with a move to Arsenal. (Image: Jon Hobley / MI News / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Buchanan’s outstanding achievements even earned him his first two caps for the English U21 team, as Aidy Bothroyd recognized his talent

The young full-back is also tactically versatile. He was developed as a left full-back in a back five as well as a more traditional left-back in a 4-2-3-1 formation, two systems that Mikel Arteta tends to favor.

Only 20 years old and a native talent, Buchanan could be a smart coup for the Gunners this summer.

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Tyrick Mitchell

Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Mitchell is without a doubt the best left-back on the left when it comes to pure defense.

The 21-year-old has drawn comparisons to former Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka based on his similar style of play.

Mitchell has averaged 3.37 tackles, 1.49 interceptions and 2.58 blocks per game this season, an excellent stat considering he only played four Premier League games prior to this season.

Roy Hodgson and Tyrick Mitchell after Crystal Palace beat Aston Villa

Roy Hodgson and Tyrick Mitchell after Crystal Palace beat Aston Villa

However, if the Gunners decide to go after the young Englishman, they may have to spend more money than the other players on this list would cost.

Mitchell recently signed a new four-year deal with the Eagles, a deal that, given the current financial constraints, could make him too expensive for Mikel Arteta’s men.

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Borna Sosa

Borna Sosa from Stuttgart established herself as one of the most exciting left-backs in the Bundesliga in the 2020/21 season.

The 23-year-old would be an excellent addition to any club looking for a full-back with a rapid pace and consistent performance from the left.

Sosa has registered no less than nine league players in just 25 games for Stuttgart this season. Incredible stats for any player, regardless of the defender.

The Croatian U21 international is also a defensive force this season with an average of 1.98 blocks and 3.46 clearances per game. At 6 feet 1 inches, he’s an air presence, something the Gunners have been blamed for lacking in recent years.

With Arsenal having a bloated squad, Arteta is likely to target an English left-back, with local talents Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles likely to show the door.